Cherish The Days: 6 Important Things To Know About Your Elderly Furry Friend

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Older dogs are wonderful; easy to live with, well settled in their home, and sometimes we feel we can read their minds because we know them so well.

You may be a rescuer who takes older dogs in or maybe your pet has been with you since puppyhood…

Either way elderly dogs have slightly different needs to the younger canine, and deserve your full attention.

1. Watch Their Joints

When a dog ages, like a human, he can develop joint problems. This will become apparent by stiffness, when he gets up or a change in pace as he walks.

To prevent and counteract the onset of arthritis you can begin to supplement your dog’s diet.

Fish oils, glucosamine and green lipped muscle are all available in health stores.

Any of these can be added to your dog’s diet and will help to keep his joints supple and strong.

2. Keep Physically Active

As a dog gets older his walking slows down. He’ll sniff every blade of grass before moving on to the next. [mnright]

Despite walks taking longer, it’s vital that your pet stays active as healthy muscles will support joints and keep him fit.

As a dog gets older his walking slows down. He’ll sniff every blade of grass before moving on to the next. Despite walks taking longer, it’s vital that your pet stays active as healthy muscles will support joints and keep him fit.

This might mean that you will need to set aside more time for walks. A lot of people neglect this need for added exercise and simply take an old dog out for a short walk so that they can go to the bathroom and then head home immediately.

Set 10 or 15 more minutes aside to give your elderly dog the time he needs to walk around and get the needed amount of exercise. It is very important to their overall health

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