How to Keep your Old Dog Feeling Young at Heart
We all want to do the very best for our pets, and often older dogs need a little extra help to keep them feeling on top form. Just like people, they start to slow as they age. Many get tired more easily, and are less willing to take exercise. Some start to put on weight, and a lot will experience hearing and vision deterioration too.
Although you can’t entirely slow the ravages of time, there are lots of things that you can do to keep your canine in tip-top condition. Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction…
Although it’s not always necessary to alter your dog’s diet, their nutritional requirements are likely to change as they age, and as they become less active, they’ll often do better on a lower calorie plan.
Luckily, lots of brands now offer senior ranges, with feeds specially formulated to satisfy the needs of ageing canines. If you’re not sure where to begin, talk to your vet and ask them to recommend a feeding plan.
You’ll also find it handy to keep an eye on your pet’s weight, so that either losses or gains can be balanced by adapting food intake to suit your pooch’s individual requirements.
As they age, you may find that your dog seems less active than they used to. This is because their mobility is likely to deteriorate as they get older, with joint function declining. You may find it useful to check our post about how dog stretching and massage can improve their mobility.
The best ways to lessen the impact of these signs of ageing is by keeping weight in check, and implementing a suitable exercise plan that neither over-taxes your canine companion, nor allows them to remain immobile for too long. Little and often is best, with 20 to 30 minute twice daily walks recommended.
To give them an added boost, you could also try a dog joint and mobility supplement like Lintbells Yumove
and see if that helps.
Prevention is better than cure where older canines are concerned, and because you know that your pet will become more prone to health issues as they age, it’s a good idea to enrol them on a senior care programme with your local vet. These allow any changes to be picked up on as soon as they develop, so that suitable treatment can be given at the earliest opportunity.
Follow these three top tips today, and keep your dog looking and feeling great.