Care for a senior dog

In general, a dog becomes a senior at the age of 7. However, the larger the breed, the earlier it ages. Genetics, nutrition and environment also play a role. What to think about and not forget with a senior dog?

  1. Regular vet visits

    It is always better and cheaper to prevent diseases than to deal with them later. Regular preventive inspections are important, at least once every six months. On this occasion, we recommend doing blood tests to find out what condition the dog is in.

  2. Diet

    Aging requires a change in diet - choose a food for older dogs that has fewer calories. Up to 50% of older dogs are overweight or obese. You can also enrich the food with salmon oil (contains omega fatty acids), fiber (improves digestion) and joint nutrition (contains glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, MSM and collagen).

  3. Movement

    Regular exercise improves the function of the cardiovascular system, slows down joint degeneration and improves mental health. Always monitor the dog's physical condition - dogs try to keep up with their owner, so if it seems to you that the dog is tired, do not prolong the walk unnecessarily. Swimming is also an excellent activity.

  4. Dental hygiene

    Up to 80% of dogs have dental problems and even if they don't show it, it causes them difficulties (pain). Therefore, do not neglect the daily cleaning of the teeth at home (toothbrush, dog paste, dental gels) as well as regular dental checks / cleanings at the veterinarian.

  5. Mental health

    Stroking, cuddling, brushing is perfect therapy for dogs. Mental stimulation is also important - interactive toys, sniffing pads and others. Do not forget about the regular socialization of the dog.

  6. Orthopedic aids

    In addition to the joints, seniors also suffer from a loss of muscle mass, which can lead to the dog not being able to jump on the couch or lie comfortably anywhere. In this case, try to get him an orthopedic bed or steps for dogs.

  7. Safety

    Last but not least, pay attention to safety. A dog's hearing and vision deteriorate with age, and thus also orientation in space. It may sound crazy, but even a dog can suffer from senile dementia.