If your dog is 8 years or older, then they are likely considered a senior, though this can vary depending on age and size. As your dog ages, you may notices changes in behavior and health, and its important as the owner to make note of these changes. There are a few steps you can take to protect your dog’s health as they age.
More Frequent Veterinarian Visits
Typically, younger dogs in good health should visit the vet once per year. Senior dogs should be brought in more often, around twice per year for a wellness exam. More frequent exams help monitor your pet’s health and spot potential signs of problems early on.
As your dog ages, their nutritional needs will likely change. Speak with your vet about nutritional counseling for personalized recommendations about what your dog should be eating, as well as proper portion sizes.
Even though your dog may not be as playful, it’s still important to encourage an active lifestyle. Taking your dog on walks or playing with them is essential to improve overall wellness and prevent obesity. Talk to your veterinarian about how much exercise is recommended for your pet.
Keeping your dog healthy and happy as they age will help you enjoy your time together even more!