Senior Dog Care
Just like people, your dog’s body and needs change as they age. The best way to keep your ageing pet healthy is excellent preventative care, which includes annual or twice-yearly physical exams and changing to a diet designed specifically for senior pets. Having yearly wellness blood testing performed to can pick up on any internal changes early on when treatment is often easier and designed to slow progression of diseases.
When does a dog become a senior?
While seven human years is the accepted entrance age into the golden years, large breed and overweight dogs age faster with giant breeds like the Great Dane and Irish Wolfhound being considered senior at five years of age. Conversely, smaller breeds often live longer making them senior at 8 or 9 years of age.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Some ailments our senior dogs face includes arthritis/joint and mobility issues, vision problems, changes in weight, gastrointestinal diseases, dental disease and neurological/behavioural changes.
How should I care for my senior dog?
The gold standard of caring for your senior dog includes twice-yearly physical exams with your veterinarian, annual wellness testing, a high-quality senior diet and consistent low-intensity exercise that keeps them moving without causing harm to ageing bodies.