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6 Things Every Owner Needs To Do When Caring For An Aging Dog...
Keep An Eye On The Eyes
Though dogs most often rely on their strong senses of smell and hearing, it’s important to take action if you notice signs of vision problems in your four-legged friend.
These signs may include: changes in eye color, squinting and inflammation. Your vet will be able to advise you on treatment and training plans to help them adjust to loss of sight.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree
If your dog seems confused by their surroundings or ignores you (even more than they used to!), it might be that they have hearing problems.
If you suspect this, it is worth taking your dog to the vet and/or figuring out some non-verbal cues. These cues enable your dog to understand what you’re asking it to do… and still ignore you anyway!
Who Let The Dog Out?
Who let the dog out and what the hell has it eaten? Bad breath is a sign of your dog’s aging that you won’t miss!
The good news is that it is usually relatively easy to fix. Try feeding your dog a dental chew or brushing its teeth. This might sound weird but should be done from time to time! If nothing else works, take them to the vet to be checked for tooth decay.
One Too Many Sausages
As a dog ages, its metabolism slows down and it can easily put on weight. Much like humans, dogs often don’t realise that they aren’t running about as much as they once were and still eat just as much…
If you think your pooch is looking a little… fluffier than usual, switch up their food and lay off the treats for a little while.
Slow It Down
If your dog is sleeping more than usual or is less excited about those long walks, this is a clear sign of aging.
Start taking two slightly shorter walks per day rather than one long one.
Treat Their Joint Issues
If your dog is limping, has stopped running and/or struggles to climb the stairs liked it used to, chances are it is suffering from joint issues.
Joint pain could be the real reason why your dog has been sleeping so much lately… Lack of joint mobility could be why he’s no longer interested in playing in the garden…
Effectively treating joint issues is the best thing you can do for an aging dog.
Help your dog stay healthy and agile!
We all know that our time with them is limited. Better joint health means more quality time with your pal, more walks in the park, hikes on the trail, and joy in having them by your side for life’s adventures.
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