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Senior Dog Care Tips

Did you know that some dogs become seniors as soon as age 6, while others don’t reach their golden years until they are ten or even older? How and when your dog ages will depend on his size and breed. However, all older dogs will benefit from some extra TLC as they grow older. Here, a Rockville, MD vet offers some senior dog care tips.

Food

Fido will never outgrow his love of food. Offer your pooch high-quality senior pet food. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard. Snacks should only make up about 5 percent of your furry friend’s diet. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

Keep up with your pet’s veterinary care needs is very important! It isn’t uncommon for dogs to develop medical problems, such as arthritis, in their senior years. For many conditions, your vet can offer treatment options that will ease Fido’s pain and improve his quality of life. Ask your vet for more information.

Exercise

Fido won’t be as active or playful as he once was, but he’ll still need regular activity. We generally recommend walking senior dogs daily. Even a short stroll around the block will offer your canine buddy physical activity and mental stimulation.

Grooming

Fido will look and feel better with proper grooming. Brush and bathe your furry pal regularly to keep his fur soft and clean. You’ll also need to clip your pup’s nails, and keep up with his dental care.

Senior Comforts

A comfy bed will help your pooch sleep more comfortably at night. If Fido begins to have trouble getting around, get him a harness and/or some pet ramps or stairs. You may also want to leave a nightlight on after dark for him.

Love

Your dog has been your loyal and faithful pet, and he needs you now more than ever. Pay lots of attention to your furry best friend, and make sure he feels loved and safe. To pamper Fido, offer him yummy but healthy snacks, such as plain, cooked meat, fish or chicken. You’ll also want to spend lots of quality time with your pup. Your canine pal may want nothing more than to doze off at your feet and collect all the belly rubs he can!

Please feel free to contact us, your Rockville, MD vet clinic, for your senior dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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