Helping your aging dog

You can help your aging dog by observing the following tips:

  • Be aware of the ailments that can affect your aging dog and always consult your veterinarian if you have concerns.
  • Pay attention to your dog ’s diet. Make sure that you are providing nutritious food in appropriate quantity. (Many dogs require smaller meals as they age and don’t expend as much energy.) Ask your veterinarian to weigh your dog from time to time to make sure he/she is not gaining weight. If your dog does not seem very interested in eating, it could be because he/she is losing the sense of taste. To tempt your dog, make sure that the food is served at room temperature and that the portion is not too large. There is no harm in feeding an older dog three or four times a day, provided the meals are small.
  • Make sure that your dog is drinking enough water. Older dogs are often intimidated by younger dogs around the food and water bowl, so provide him/her with her own water supply and a quiet place to drink it.
  • Provide an effective nutritional supplement such as Recovery®SA. (Under current legislation, Biomedica is not permitted to make claims in support of health benefits derived from natural formulations. This means we cannot make specific statements as to how Recovery®SA itself may prevent/delay or assist in overcoming age-related problems. Giving your dog Recovery®SA should be a decision based on personal research and understanding of the role food-derived antioxidants and enzymes play in health and wellbeing.)
  • Make sure your dog gets enough exercise. While your dog may look like he or she is tired, a little exercise is healthful and kps the muscles (including the heart) well toned. Go for a walk at your older dog’s pace, or encourage your cat to play with a toy on a string.
  • Respect your dog’s seniority. Just like older people may get “cranky” from time to time, so do older dogs. Discourage children from pestering your dog or cat, and allow him/her to rest in a quiet place if there are young children visiting.
  • Be especially gentle when grooming. Older animals have sensitive skins and may find grooming painful. Always use a bristle brush (never wire) and watch for signs of skin or coat problems. Always use a shampoo for sensitive skin on your older dog.
  • Be sensitive to your dog’s environment. Dogs are creatures of routine and adding new activities to your older dog’s schedule may not be a good idea. Of course, there will be times when changes must be made, for example if you move house. Whenever possible, make sure you follow your dogs routine, placing his/her bed and food/water dishes in familiar places etc. Ensuring that you take walks, serve your dog’s food, and keep to familiar activities will help your dog feel safe and secure.
  • Visit the vet regularly. Your dog’s veterinarian will be familiar with the changes that take place in older dogs and will be able to nip developing conditions in the bud.
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For more information on helping your dog stay healthy, please see Tips for a Healthier dog