Pre Loved pets.. Get Second Chance. Caring for a senior dog is a magical time, but it does have some significant milestones that you should be aware of if you are re-homing an older dog. Read on and discover what’s in store for you and your new buddy. Great article by By Juliana Weiss-Roessler For http://www.cesarsway.com/
Loving a senior dog
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Senior dogs are often overlooked at rescues and shelters in favour of the next generation of bouncy, yappy puppies. But if you’re a pack leader to a pup in his golden years, you know that’s a shame, because older dogs still have a lot of love to give — and they can still have lots of personality and spunk even if they don’t have as much energy as they did in their younger years.
Senior dogs also typically require less exercise, suffer from fewer behavioural issues, and come to you already potty trained. For these reasons, they are a particularly good choice for those adopting their first dog.
But just because senior dogs are easier in many ways doesn’t mean that they don’t also have some special care requirements that younger dogs don’t. Here are a few senior dog care tips if you’re a first-timer at adopting or fostering one of these old-timers.
Rule out medical causes for behavioral problems
Senior dogs are less likely to suffer from many issues caused by pent-up energy since they have less to expend. But that doesn’t mean they never experience behavioral issues. The first place to start with a behavior issue, though, especially if it has a sudden onset, is at the vet. It may be an early sign of a medical issue, and catching it faster can make a big difference for your pup.
Step up the vet visits to twice a year
It’s also in your senior dog’s best interest to visit the vet semi-annually since they are more likely to suffer from medical problems. Remember, dogs age faster than humans, so even six months is a long time. Vet appointments include many of the same routine checks as for younger dogs but may also include additional bloodwork, dental care, and other examinations for symptoms of issues commonly encountered by seniors.
Stay on top of parasite control
As dogs age, their immune systems become weaker, so that means the potential health risks caused by ticks, fleas, worms, and other pests are greater. Talk to your vet about the safest preventative measures.
Watch your pup eat
Is she having trouble chewing that kibble? Many senior dogs struggle with dental issues and may need to switch to different foods. Another common issue associated with canine aging is problems with digestion. Foods designed specifically for senior dogs often include ingredients that are easier to digest and may even include supplements that help alleviate symptoms associated with aging.
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