Sunday, November 29, 2009

Caring For Your Senior Dog

At what age does a dog become a "Senior"? Is it when their muzzle starts to gray? When they slow down? This is a common question. The typical dog begins to enter Senior Status around age 8 or 9. You may notice subtle changes such as graying, more naps throughout the day and arthritic changes that cause soreness or lameness. To help your dog make the most of their golden years a healthy lifestyle is very important. An active dog is not only healthy but happy. Whether it's a fun game of fetch, a walk in the park, or a swim in the lake, keep your dog active.  You can  teach an old dog new tricks so teach them a new skill or trick just for fun.  Speak with your Veterinarian about the best food for your dog, espescially those that include joint suppliments. The senior years can often lead to weight gain which puts added stress on the joints, so keep their weight down through diet and exercise. Keep up on regular grooming and do monthly exams to detect any physical changes in skin or abnormal growths. And most important enjoy this time with your dog. We all remember when they were wild crazy puppies and longed for the day that Fido would settle down. Well that day has arrived so ENJOY!

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