Your furry friend is either getting older, or you've chosen to adopt an older pet. Since pets get many diseases commonly associated with elderly people, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, senility, and joint-bone disease-it's important to look out for the signs.
Like older people, older dogs needs to stay active mentally and physically. Sure, it make take them longer for them to give you their paw, but keep on asking and keep them engaged!
Annual senior checkups including a regular blood panel and exam checking on all the basics is A MUST!
A Softer Bed
The hard floor is no place for an aging dog. No wonder he’s stiff getting up! Two more accommodations that you need to consider as your pet slows down a bit: a soft bed and a ramp.
Consider switching your regular dog food to one specifically made for the older set, with nutrients that promote joint health, contain anti-aging nutrients, and those that are more easily digestible