Caring for older dogs

With modern veterinarian treatments and medicines dogs are living much longer, healthier lives. For the older dog though there are still special considerations and dog grooming techniques which should be used to help improve their quality of life. For instance, an older dog may find it more difficult to maintain its own healthy coat, so extra dog grooming and bathing may be needed to ensure that nails are kept trim and the coat is kept dust and mite free.

caring-for-old-dogA good diet is also important for an older dog. Since many elderly dogs receive less exercise than younger dogs or puppies, it is important to properly manage their calorie intake. Smaller portions may be appropriate and the meal should include less fat and more protein, it may also be fitting to include several vitamin and mineral supplements to the dog food. Dog foods that are easy to chew and digest are also best for older dogs, whose teeth and digestive system may not be as robust as they once were. Having a good dog basket and well-fitting dog collar can also be important for senior canines to ensure that they are comfortable and contented; as with elderly people, older dogs do require more sleep and rest time.

Many dog owners or dog breeders who have dog insurance use this cover to have regular visits to a vet to have their dog’s nails trimmed, gums and teeth checked and to have a general MOT for their pet; this can identify any potential problems quickly and so appropriate treatments can be administered.