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Caring for a Senior Dog

Have you noticed that your dog is starting to slow down a bit? Your furry buddy may be getting a bit grey around his mouth, and may not come as quickly as he once did. Dogs love to live their lives to the fullest, but sadly, they have much shorter lifespans than we do. As your canine buddy ages, his needs will change a bit. You’ll want to confer with your vet periodically regarding his changing needs. Making sure your dog has a comfortable bed is one of the best things you can do. Aside from that, there are other ways you can help your dog age comfortably.

Here are a few pointers from your veterinarian Indianapolis:

Diet

Keeping Fido at a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do for your canine buddy as he ages. That extra weight may look cute, but it can take quite a toll on your pooch’s well-being. Many dogs are prone to developing arthritis and hip dysplasia as they age, and carrying some extra pounds will only exacerbate these conditions. We know those big puppy eyes can have a pretty powerful impact on you at dinnertime, but don’t give in to the point of overindulging your buddy.

Temperature

Older dogs are much more sensitive to extreme heat and cold. Your senior pup may not be able to tolerate fast changes in temperature as he once could. Taking your canine pal from an air-conditioned home out into the sun on a hot day, and then back again, can be stressful on him. Keep Fido in comfortable temperatures.

Dental Care

Dental issues can really sneak up on a dog and wreak havoc in his senior years. If your pooch can’t chew properly, he will have a hard time getting proper nutrition. Taking care of your dog’s teeth throughout his lifetime will help you stay on top of any dental problems as they develop.

Your furry buddy may not be as eager to play as he once was, and may spend most of his time dozing, but he’s still the charming and loyal friend he always was. Caring for a senior pet can be very rewarding. There’s something very sweet about seeing a senior dog dozing in the sun, or taking your old buddy for a slow walk.

Please contact your vet Indianapolis with any questions on caring for a senior dog.

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