Tips to Keep your Dog Healthy into their Golden Years
It is never too late to start healthy habits for your dog that will translate into a healthier senior. There are many things you can do now that will help your dog live their best life into their golden years.
- Dental care: One of the most important yet one of the most overlooked areas. I get it, it is a bit strange for most people to even consider brushing their dog’s teeth. However, the plaque and tartar that builds up on your dog’s teeth doesn’t just affect their mouth it is also associated with other health problems such as kidney liver and heart changes. Best way to ensure your dog’s mouth stays healthy into their senior years is to brush their teeth daily. There are many sources of information and videos out there to get you started on your dog’s dental journey. Always best to check with your vet if you have any questions or concerns and remember to use a pet approved toothpaste not a human version as there may be ingredients that can be harmful to your furry companion.
- Nutrition: Feeding a proper balanced diet is key to your dog living a healthy life. There are many different diets out there and it can be difficult sometimes to work out what is best for your dog. Talk to your vet about your dog’s specific needs to find a diet that is right for them.
- Exercise: Keep those joints moving! Get into a regular exercise routine this will not only help keep off those extra pounds but will keep those joints from stiffening up. Adjust the exercise they need as they age to accommodate the changes they are experiencing with their bodies.
- Weight: Keep them at a healthy weight adjusting their food intake along with their exercise. The amount of food your dog needs will change as they age and with how much exercise they do. Be mindful of their weight and watch for little changes as it is easier to lose a pound or two than an extra 10 pounds.
As always, talk to your vet before beginning any new routine or making food changes with your dog and remember start slowly when introducing a new routine.
Emily Charlton is a lifelong animal lover drawing on more than 12 years experience in a veterinary clinic.