Keep Your Senior Dog Healthy in His Golden Years

Your twelve-year-old terrier Biscuit still has the world by the tail. Your energetic pooch still enjoys two daily neighborhood walks and regular belly rubs. Because you want Biscuit to stay healthy, you’ve asked your A-Animal Clinic & Boarding Kennel vet to give your spunky dog a complete physical exam. Tell the vet if you’ve noticed changes in your canine companion’s food and water consumption. Your vet also wants to know about your dog’s altered urination and/or defecation behaviors. With this information, your vet will design a program to keep your furry family member healthy. Learn more about senior dogs’ health requirements.

Senior Dog Diet

Biscuit has happily consumed his adult dog food for years. His balanced commercial blend provides him with high-quality protein, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. While these nutrients are still important, your dog’s portion requirements might be different.

Since Biscuit has slowed down, his calorie consumption should also decrease. Good thing your vet can provide your feisty dog with some nutritional counseling. After reviewing Biscuit’s nutritional requirements and activity level, your vet will likely prescribe a senior-focused diet. If your geriatric canine friend has developed a chronic medical problem, your vet might place him on a diet that supports your dog’s treatment.

Appropriate Vaccinations

Biscuit still requires regular vaccinations that protect him from dangerous and infectious canine diseases. Your vet will review your dog’s age, health status, and lifestyle before administering the correct shots.

Continued Dental Care

To keep Biscuit’s mouth healthy and free of dental disease, your vet will examine your dog’s teeth during his regular checkups. He’ll probably need a dental cleaning that your vet will perform while your pooch is under anesthesia. Afterward, the vet will likely recommend that you brush Biscuit’s teeth regularly. Ask the vet if a special dental diet might support your dog’s dental health.

Regular Light Exercise

Consistent gentle exercise helps Biscuit to prevent obesity. Confirm that your eager dog can continue his daily walks. Ask about warm-water swims and gentle indoor fetch games. If Biscuit seems to feel pain when he stands, walks normally, or walks the steps, tell your vet. The vet can prescribe therapies and/or medications that can help your senior buddy to feel better.

With twice-yearly checkups, your A-Animal Clinic & Boarding Kennel vet can tweak Biscuit’s senior dog health program. To help improve your own senior dog’s health, make a vet appointment today.