Yes, the hairs on his nose have turned white too, it costs him a little more to get up and the races and jumps have been decreasing … it is normal, your dog has aged And although it is great, it needs a series of specific care, together with the occasional extra pampering.
Each dog faces the stage of old age in a certain way, which will have a notable influence on the care received throughout its life. The Illustrious Official College of Veterinarians of Valencia (ICOVV) points out that improvements in pet nutrition and advances in veterinary medicine have also increased the life expectancy of pets in recent years. A dog can live an average of 13-15 years or even exceed these figures if it is the smallest breeds, the longest, but from 7-9 years, they begin to be older dogs, which require specific attention focused on three points:
- Health care, especially with preventive measures that avoid diseases.
- Nutrition, with a diet that meets their current needs.
- Hygiene and “healthy habits” like some exercise and walks in the fresh air where you enjoy the sun and the benefits it brings to your bones and joints (sounds like you?).
Basic care of the elderly dog
Whether you have a dog that has aged with you, knows perfectly the “rules” of the house and is able to know how you are just looking at you, or if you have encouraged to adopt a “retired” dog, in addition to enjoying his calm company, you must dedicate a series of simple attentions.
- The veterinarians insist on the need to carry out periodic reviews that guarantee that the vital organs of your pet work perfectly. A annual check up it will be able to detect any incipient ailment and will make it possible to establish the ideal treatment that can stop its effects.
- The feeding it is another of the basic pillars. It’s fundamental avoid obesity in older dogs with a balanced diet, rich in protein, which is also low in salt and limits carbohydrates. Reduce fats and providing extra vitamins and minerals, through food, will keep your dog in top shape.
- Brushing and exercising. As the years go by, your dog may require some special care. Keeping its coat in good condition depends, to a large extent, on brushing it every day. It is also important check your teeth because with age problems with your teeth and gums can arise.
- Eyes and ears are two other points to pay attention to. Both must be well cleaned to avoid any type of infection. Finally, you should also look at their nails that, perhaps, have grown too large due to the decrease in physical activity.
By paying due attention to him, taking him to the vet at least once a year (and whenever necessary) and planning his diet in the right way, your dog will share his pleasant old age with you for many years to come.