8 Things To Think About As Your Dog Gets Older

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When you get a puppy, you don’t think about the times when you’ll be taking care of him as an old pet. You should know that dogs, as people, need proper care, attention, food and love.

These are the things you should be thinking about when your dog gets older.

1. Food

You shouldn’t feed your dog with food that has fat in it. Use proper dog food to enhance his health and make him more resilient to illnesses. When your dog was younger, he was more agile and could handle everything that came his way.

Make sure that even the dog food you give him is labeled for senior dogs, as they have specific nutrients in them.

2. Proper care

[mnright]As your dog gets older, he will need more care, so look after him, bathe him regularly, spend more quality time with him and even talk to him more. He is more sensitive now, so consult your veterinarian about the right way to take care of your older companion if you’re uncertain.

3. Mood swings

If your dog barks, runs or jumps for no special reasons, don’t be mad. As he gets older, his mood will change faster, so whatever you do don’t get angry. Be patient and make sure your pet has everything he needs for his best comfort.

Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from depression, anxiety or lethargy – they also have unexplainable emotions and rough days.  As they grow older, you will notice that some of their functions are declining.

Perhaps they will forget previously learned commands, become aggressive and restless or overdependent and clingy.

It is important to comprehend that behavioural changes are a normal part of the ageing process and to be understanding as your dog enters a new phase of his life.

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4. Fur

Your dog’s fur will grow old like him, so use proper shampoos and other products to take better care of his fur. It will be rougher and change color, just like human hair does. You will have to adjust to changes that come through the years.

5. Medicine

If your dog has health issues, be sure to take him to a vet regularly. They will give him the proper treatment and advise you on what you should do in the future to help your dog’s health. Be sure not to forget to give medicine to your dog as commanded, because his health depends on it.

6. Sports

Don’t try to make your dog younger than he is. Also, don’t make him run if you see he is tired or hurt. Older dogs aren’t as energetic, so be sure to lower your four-legged friend’s stress level as much as possible. If he can’t run, don’t make him catch your frisbee.
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7. Love

Love and nurture your dog, because he is a member of your family and he can feel it.
He also gives love in return, so be sure to give him a chance to show you how grateful he is.
Take care of him and set aside at least 15 minutes per day to show your dog how much you love him…

8. The End

When you see clear signs that your dog’s life is coming towards its end, be sure to love him even more. Make him feel safe, warm, well fed and comfortable. He has been a part of your family for so long, and a proper goodbye is the least you can do.

Make sure your pet’s last days or weeks are as pleasant and happy as possible.  If your dog is not in too much pain, continue with his favourite daily activities.

Talk to your dog as much as possible, but remain calm and relaxed because dogs know when you’re depressed and emotional.

On the other hand, if your canine friend is experiencing excessive amounts of pain, you should consider euthanasia.  Also, it is advisable that you receive some counselling due to the devastating effects your dog’s death could have on you.

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