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Senior Dog Care

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A dog is considered senior when they are more than eight years old.

An older dog will have more needs than a younger dog.  They need extra special care.  An older dog has reduced sight and hearing.

Mobility may become an issue.  Stairs may become difficult. You may need to carry an older dog up and down stairs.

They may require more sleep.  Provide a softer bed.

An older dog may have fewer or worn teeth.  A softer diet may need to be provided.

Exercise needs decrease.  Ask your veterinarian what kind of exercise is appropriate for your senior dog.

Grooming needs may increase with age.  A good soft brushing or infrequent bath may do wonders.  This provides an excellent opportunity to closely examine the coat and skin of your dog.

Keep a close eye on your senior dog’s toe nails.  File or cut the nails carefully.

Examine your dog’s eyes closely.  Take a soft damp cloth to dab the lids free of any debris or eye mater.

Open the ear flaps gently.  Look and then smell.  Any unusual smell should be reported to the veterinarian.

Arthritis affects many senior dogs, and causes them to slow down.  It can lessen their ability to climb steps or jump into a favorite chair. If your dog shows signs of arthritis, your veterinarian can examine him.  Your veterinarian may be able to prescribe an appropriate medication to decrease the pain, and increase your dog’s mobility.

You cherish your senior dog.  Make their golden years happy by take the measures discussed in this article.

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