Senior dogs are caring, patient, loyal and seasoned

Senior dogs are caring, patient, loyal and seasoned. Once they reach their “Golden Years”, much like our grandparents, dogs know you well and they’re also worth special care to keep them well and happy for as long a possible.

Veterinary checkups will become extremely important once your dog reaches senior status. Keep in mind that the age your dog reaches senior status depends on the breed and other factors. A close relationship with your pet’s veterinarian is vital in understanding all the changes your dog will go through as he ages.  Your veterinarian will perform x-rays, urine tests and blood work to ensure a quality life for your elderly dog and advise you of any lifestyle changes he may require.

Your elderly dog may have some inherited medical problems that come about during the aging process. Some of these medical problems include hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, some forms of cancers, diminished vision and hearing loss, changes in their kidneys and liver functions, and some forms of cognitive dysfunctions and mental confusion.  If caught in time and treated correctly, many of these conditions can be prevented. Proper treatment can provide a normal lifespan for your best friend. 

Old age in your dog is not a disease; it is a normal and inevitable part of life.  It is up to us, the pet-parent, to make this transition as comfortable and relaxed for our pet. They count on us as a source of friendship, food, shelter and companionship. Most of all cherish your dog’s senior years. They are wonderful times and they pass too quickly.

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