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How to Care for Your Older Dog
The first time you call his name and he doesn't move - you panic. It's been a great 16-some years, but now your dog is getting old. Here's how to make it more comfortable for both of you.
Prepare yourself and watch closely for signs of aging.Some dogs' coats begin to gray, they don't jump up as quickly when they see you, they may not see you completely (cataracts, glaucoma, etc.), walking up stairs may take a bit longer, they may not respond when you call them, they seem to have forgotten most of their training - or they may seem to mope a little more each day or act grumpy.
Keep up your regular vet visits.Some ailments are a part of natural aging, however you never know when that frequent urination is because of a larger problem. When your dog is older, you can't overlook what may seem like a temporary problem.
Keep up the regular exercise schedule.Just tone it down a bit within Old Yeller's comfort zone. Exercise keeps those old arthritic bones oiled.
Change to a lighter food made specifically for senior canines.Many dogs gain or lose weight with age, so keep an eye on the diet. Your dog can benefit from the same nutrients as you, so try to choose whole foods with antioxidants, omega 3's, alpha linolenic acid (ALA)(to help reduce inflammation) - ProPlan and Nutro have holistic foods for seniors.
Change your dog over to a vaccination schedule of every three years (recommended by major veterinary colleges).
Keep your dog engaged - lots of hugs and touching.If she's disinterested in her old toys, try something new - softer, smaller, squishier.
Invest in door/baby gates and play pens and don't rule out puppy pads.Old boy doesn't want to go in the house, but sometimes it goes otherwise.
Get a great, comfy pet bed but not too high so as to make it difficult to step into.
Look for softer treats that can be tolerated by older, worn teeth.Maybe even give a little canned food occasionally. Dry food can be moistened with water to make for easier chewing.
QuestionMy dog is blind and deaf, am I doing the right thing keeping him alive?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. As long as your dog is eating, enjoying regular activities (even if it just sleeping) and not in severe pain, he is fine. A dog will know your touch and love no matter if it can see you no matter what. We keep people alive even if they are old, blind, etc. Do keep up vet visits for their opinion.Thanks!
QuestionShould I bathe an old dog?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf your dog is not smelly or dirty, don't bother. If they are, try and be as gentle as you can getting them in and out of the bath, and use warm water for achy old bones.Thanks!
QuestionMy dog is losing her teeth and is very slow and isn't eating much. Should I consider putting her down?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTake your dog to the vet and get a check up, and get her teeth checked. As dogs get older they tend to lose teeth. Feed your dog soft food. You can pour some water over dry food to soften it. And take your dog out for a walk, if possible, to stay active. If not, comfort your dog with your companionship and lots of love.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get my old dog to be more active?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTake him on gradually longer walks until he is capable of walking longer than before.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I stop my dog from going to the bathroom in the house, especially at night?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTake your dog to the bathroom more often during the night. Set your alarm to wake you if necessary and withhold food for a few hours before bedtime. Also consult your veterinarian to ensure that there are no medical issues that cause your dog to go to the bathroom inside.Thanks!
QuestionMy dog will only walk two blocks lately. How do I get him to walk longer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake the walk more interesting, try to explore something new instead of sticking to your old route. Be excited about your walk together, he will pick up on your energy. You can even use treats and toys to motivate him.Thanks!
QuestionI have two old dogs who seem very sick. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTake them to the vet right away. They will know what to do.Thanks!
QuestionMy older dog's skin has turned black especially under her chest, also, when she gets up from her nap and I sweep the floor it looks like there is pepper on the floor where she was laying. What is causing this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt could just be dry skin or allergies, it could also be a really bad flea infestation, but you should go to the vet and get a professional opinion.Thanks!
QuestionIf an elderly pug weighs 27 pounds, does he need to lose weight?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPugs usually weigh between 14 and 18 pounds. You might need to check with a vet about a diet plan for your pet.Thanks!
QuestionWhat kind of food should I give to a toothless Chihuahua?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI would recommend soft food. Food in cans or little containers is best. You can pour water over dry food and let it sit for a while; the food will get larger and soften up. This allows the dog to eat without pain.Thanks!
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- Give your pal a bit of time to get it moving in the morning before attempting a walk.
- Stay on the lookout for:
- Lack of appetite or over-eating.
- Not drinking water.
- Weight loss or gain.
- Lumps, bumps, or non-healing sores.
- Increased snoring, coughing, or sneezing.
- Bad breath and/or drooling.
- Brittle nails and lack luster coats.
- Handle your dog very very carefully.
- Consider adding a dietary supplement like glusomine/chrondotin if your dog seems overly stiff.
- Keep the house clear of obstacles if your dog is losing eyesight. Try not to rearrange the furniture.
- If calling fails, try clapping your hands to get your dogs attention.
- Avoid bring any new animals into the household.
- Don't give your dog food that is too hard as it will harm your pet's jaw and could cause damage to it.
- Consider alternative treatments (acupuncture, JMT) to help your pet deal with the natural discomforts aging sometimes brings.
- As dogs age, they will begin to have trouble playing the games they energetically enjoyed in their youth. Consider a long, slow walk instead of vigorous, high energy games like fetch and tug of war.
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