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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3. Keep Mentally Active

Dogs can suffer from senile dementia just as humans can, so it’s important to keep his mind active.

You can do this by continuing to teach him tricks well into his senior years.

Clicker training is great for this because you can teach him to look left, look right, yawn, bark and countless other things without putting any physical pressure on him.

4. Quality Time

When your dog begins to age he may need extra reassurance. Sometimes an elderly dog can develop odd little habits which make little sense to the observer.

He can become scared or worried about things which have never bothered him before, like fireworks or going to the vet.

Spending some extra time with him grooming, playing or just watching TV will make him feel secure into his old age.

When your dog begins to age he may need extra reassurance. Sometimes an elderly dog can develop odd little habits which make little sense to the observer. [mnleft]

He can become scared or worried about things which have never bothered him before, like fireworks or going to the vet. Spending some extra time with him grooming, playing or just watching TV will make him feel secure into his old age.

It is important for you as well. Spend as much quality time as you can with your dog, so that you do not regret it later.

Of course, it will mean a lot for the dog, and you will find that this added time spent is special for you as well.

Remember when he was a puppy and you would spend all day playing with him? That is the kind of attention he needs now. Elderly dogs need you just as much as puppies do.

5. Watch His Teeth

As a dog ages his teeth can begin to show a build-up of tartar and, even if brushed regularly, this can become a problem.

Teeth in poor condition can actually cause problems with internal organs. This is why many older dogs have to have their teeth cleaned, and even removed, as they get older.

6. Make the Most of Him

The only crime our dogs commit is that they don’t live long enough. So make the most of your furry friend and never take him for granted.

Because, after all, no one loves you like your dog does.

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