Senior Dog Care
As your dog ages, it is important to know that their needs change as well. Senior dogs require a different formulation of food, adjustment to their exercise routine and more preventative medical care.
When does a dog become a senior?
Dogs age at a different rate and size is a key factor in when they are classified as a senior. Smaller breed dogs reach a senior age at 7 years and medium or large breed dogs are seniors at 6 years.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Common health issues that are seen in senior dogs are osteoarthritis, heart disease, kidney (renal) failure, bladder infections, and dental disease.
How should I care for my senior dog?
Once dogs reach a senior age, exams should be scheduled regularly; ideally every 6 months (which is every 4 years compared to human years). Early detection blood work also aids in finding disease processes and organ changes before symptoms start to affect your pet. Regular exercise and an ideal body weight are extremely important for senior dogs (and dogs of all ages) to help increase their lifespan. Always monitor for signs of pain, although subtle they are important to catch early in your companion.