This article offers tips on caring for older dog health issues and how to slow the aging process.
What is aging? According to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of aging is to become old or show signs of age. Scientifically, the process of aging involves free radicals that attack the healthy cells in our bodies. Free radicals damage the cells through oxidation, a natural process that all living things undergo. Nothing lives forever, but the process of oxidation can be slowed.
The outward signs of human aging are obvious but aging is not always apparent with our pets. Every dog is different but these are the ages when a dog is considered a senior dog:
There are several signs of aging:
An obvious sign is that your dog is not as active and is gaining weight. With time, weight on the joints can cause damage. Your pet has grown more sluggish and may have trouble getting up from a lying position. He gets tired more easily from exercise.
Increased thirst and more frequent urination may be a sign of diabetes.
The dog may have graying hair and increased shedding and drying skin.
The dog may lose teeth or develop gum disease.
It is recommended that a senior dog be checked twice a year by a veterinarian. The vet can perform exams and tests that will identify problems that can be treated and preventive care taken. Dental care is very important. The vet can perform dental exams and cleaning.
You can do many things at home in caring for older dog health issues.
1. Be sure he gets plenty of exercise, whether it is walking or playing fetch. Feed him a high quality, healthy dog food that has quality protein, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and probiotics for good health. You may need to cut down on the amount of food or feed a weight loss formula since his metabolism has slowed down.
2. Consider giving dog nutritional supplements such as Skin and Coat Supplement to help with dry and itchy skin. Joint Supplements can help stiff joints or help to prevent or postpone the stiffness that comes with arthritis. The earlier you intervene in the joint aging process, the better.
3. Good nutrition can prevent many problems of aging for dogs just as it does with humans. Talk to your vet about dental care you can give at home whether it is brushing his teeth or giving special dental chews or treats.
Observe your dog for signs of aging and learn how to take care of him as he ages.
Your dog will still give you much joy in his golden years and he can have a better life as a senior dog with proper care.
Scott and Trish Hubbard are long time pet lovers. For the last 40 years, dogs have been a major part of their family.
They have dedicated the last 7 years of their lives to finding the best products for pet health. For more information on caring for older dog health issues, you can reach them by calling toll-free 877-878-4036 or by emailing them at ScottHubbard@ProductsForPetHealth.com.