Just like humans, senior dogs undergo age-related changes in their later years. The term “senior” is dependent on the dog’s size/breed. Bigger dogs tend to hit that benchmark earlier than smaller breeds. Typically, depending on the breed, senior years begin sometime between ages five to ten. With these changes, come new issues to watch out for. Here are some general care tips.
Invest in doggie stairs and ramps: Dog’s joints get stiffer as they get older. This can lead to less mobility. Getting ramps or doggie stairs can help them get around the house better.
Invest in more dog beds: Senior dogs tend to spend more time sleeping than they did when they were younger. Having some extra beds and blankets can give them more options for where to hangout.
Dietary changes: The nutritional needs of dogs change with age. Work with your veterinarian to determine what nutrients are most important for your pet. There are also dog food brands that have senior-specific varieties.
It’s important to note, that at this stage in life, senior dogs may also be more vulnerable to ailments such as dental disease. Keeping regular vet checkups should also be a priority for owners of senior pets.