Accommodate your Dog’s Needs
An older dog will have different needs from a puppy. If your dog is allowed onto the furniture, provide pet steps to minimize joint stress. Place a water bowl in every room so that your dog can hydrate easily. Bedding should be soft and cushioned to protect painful joints. Finally, provide your dog with temperature-controlled areas in your home. Senior dogs have a more difficult time regulating their body temperatures in both cold and hot weather.
Visit the Vet Regularly
As your dog ages, vet visits should be increased to once every six months to watch for signs of common health problems. Many diseases can be easily managed or cured when caught early.
Talk to your Vet about Vaccines
As dogs grow older their vaccine needs may change. At present, many veterinary colleges recommend senior dogs move to a once-every-3-years vaccine schedule. Talk to your veterinarian to see if this option is right for your pet.
Don’t Treat Your Dog Like a Senior
Finally, as your dog ages continue to treat him or her like a puppy. Give your dog just as much love and attention as you did when your pet was bouncy and playful. Treating your best friend as though he or she is “old” will only age your dog faster, both mentally and physically. Above all, give your pet all the love and TLC that he or she deserves!