1 February 2018

Senior dog care

From the age of 8, a dog begins to be considered a senior, and begins a stage of their life in which many changes occur in their body and in their lifestyle.

The most frequent problems that we are going to find are: 

  • Overweight and obesity
  • Liver, kidney and heart pathologies
  • Dental problems
  • Cancer
  • Bone and articulation problems
  • Disorientation, apathy, anxiety, behavior changes… (may be signs of brain aging and cognitive dysfunction)
  • Sight and hearing problems

 To make their life easier in these golden years, we suggest a series of recommendations: 

  • Check their body condition frequently
  • Improve their environment:
    • Avoid cold and hard surfaces (provide mattresses or thick blankets for resting)
    • Avoid stairs or big jumps for their size (use ramps or help them get into the car or couch)
    • If they are outside on hot days, create spaces with shade
  • Shorten your walks so as not to fatigue them, but increase their frequency, since their capacity to retain urine is usually reduced.
  • Avoid walking in the hottest hours. On the contrary, if it is very cold or it rains, look for something that protects them (such as a coat) or dry them when you get back home.
  • Mental gymnastics is also necessary (play with them or acquire interactive toys to stimulate them)
  • Visit the vet more often so they can be vigilant for any changes
  • And, of course, provide a good, varied and quality diet that provides everything they need at that time