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Caring for your elderly dog

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

As our furry friends age, our cherished pets may require some extra care and attention to keep them healthy and happy. Just like humans, dogs also experience age-related changes, which can lead to various health issues, so as a responsible pet owner, it's crucial to provide the best care and attention for our beloved canine companions.

Here are some great tips on how to care for your elderly dog:

1. Regular Vet Visits

As your dog ages, their health needs may change, so please be mindful of scheduling vet visits to ensure your pet's health is as it should be and to identify and treat any potential health problems early. Your vet is trained to provide advice on the best diet, supplements and exercise routine for your elderly dog, to ensure it's health is kept paramount.

2. Proper Nutrition

Older dogs may have different nutritional needs than younger dogs. In fact as your dog ages, he or she may require fewer calories but more protein to maintain their muscle mass. A diet rich in high-quality protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients can help maintain your dog's overall health and immune system.

3. Exercise

As dogs grow older their age doesn't necessarily mean they should stop exercising. Exercise is essential for maintaining healthy joints and muscles, as well as keeping your dog mentally stimulated. However, you should always adjust and adapt your dog's exercise routine to their individual needs, so low impact exercises like swimming, as well as short walks may be more appropriate in their older age.

4. Dental Care

It is a fact that older canines are more prone to dental problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay, so ensuring regular dental check ups and teeth cleaning can help mitigate these issues. You may also want to look into feeding your dog a dental-specific diet or special dental chews which are all geared towards healthy teeth and gums.

5. Comfortable Living Environment

As is no different for humans of an older age, dogs also may have a harder time getting around the home and garden, so it's important to make their living environment as comfortable as possible. Providing a soft and supportive bed, easy access to their food and water bowls, as well as a cozy corner or space to sleep and relax can keep your dog comfortable and feel less stressed.

6. Special Needs for Muscle & Joint Pain

Elderly dogs may require special focus if they are experiencing joint pain or arthritis issues, things such as a comfortable bed and dietary supplements like glucosamine can help ease their discomfort.

Overall, caring for your cherished elderly dog can require patience and always requires love and attention. By focussing on a correct diet, regular exercise geared towards his or her age, vet visits if needed, keeping an eye on their dental hygiene, as well a comfortable living environment, adapting to any special needs, will help to keep your loved pet healthy, happy, and comfortable in their golden years.

However when the sad time comes on their passing, here at Cherished Hearts Cremations we offer a compassionate, dignified dog cremation service. Our team based in North London are always here to help. We cover the whole of London offering a discreet pet collection service.

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