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Senior Dog Care Tips

November 1, 2015
Is your dog entering his senior years? Fido will always be a puppy at heart, but as he ages, his needs will change. As a good pet parent, you’ll want to take proper steps to keep your loving canine friend healthy, comfortable, and happy in his golden years. In this article, a Columbia, MD vet discusses caring for a senior dog.


We strongly recommend getting your old pal a good, orthopedic doggy bed so he can rest comfortably at naptime. Your canine friend may also find it easier to eat from elevated dishes, as these put less strain on his neck. If Fido has difficulty climbing onto furniture or getting into the car, consider getting a pet ramp to help him get around.


Fido’s exercise needs will lessen as he ages, but that doesn’t mean you should let him become a furry couch potato. Your pet’s specific activity requirements will vary depending on his age, weight, health, and breed, but most dogs need daily walks, at the very least. When you’re walking your pooch, be careful not to overexert him. Just let your canine buddy plod along beside you, and go home when he gets tired.


Make sure your furry friend is eating a proper, nutritious diet, and get the best doggy food you can afford. Treats are fine, but don’t overindulge your pet with fatty snacks. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including advice on supplements.

Veterinary Care

Fido may need to see the vet more often as he ages, so he can be monitored for any signs of developing health problems. You’ll also want to make sure to keep up on your old buddy’s parasite control products. As your dog’s immune system naturally weakens, fleas, ticks, and other parasites can really hurt him! At home, keep a close eye out for any signs of illness, and contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.


Most of all, what your canine companion needs is love. Fido may not be as playful as he once was, but he’s still the same devoted pet as always. Provide cuddles and belly rubs on request, and indulge your pup with gentle massages to help soothe those age-related aches and pains. Do you have any questions about your senior dog’s health or care? We can help! Call us, your local Columbia, MD vet clinic, today.

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