senior dog care

 

Senior Dog Care
How do I care for my senior dog? Senior dog care require increased attention, including more frequent visits to the veterinarian, possible changes in diet, and in some cases alterations to their home environment.

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Why is my senior dog exhibiting behavior changes
Changes in behavior are important indicators that something is different with your dog, which may be due to medical or other reasons. A large part of senior dog care is watching yoru pet closely. If your pet is showing any change in behavior or other warning signs of disease, contact your veterinarian and provide them with a list of the changes you have observed in your pet. Some behavior changes in senior dogs may include:

Confusion
Increased irritability
House soiling
Change in sleep cycles
Repetitive activity
Increased anxiety
Confusion

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What are the warning signs

Warning signs vary, but in general include:

  • Urinary tract disease: increased accidents, straining to urinate, weakness, and blood in urine
  • Kidney disease: excessive thirst, poor coat, sore mouth, decreased appetite, and vomiting
  • Heart disease: difficulty breather, vomiting, coughing, decreased appetite, and intolerance for exercise

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How can I tell if my dog is in pain
Alot of times you can't. Dogs like to hide their pain. If your dog appears to be in pain and is not as active as he used to be, schedule a visit with your vet. Your dog may have arthritis. Older dogs are vulnerable to arthritis and other joint diseases.

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Brush Senior Dogs Teeth
Taking care of your dog’s teeth and gums is essential to his overall health. If it is too painful for him to have his teeth brushed, consider dental treats and toys to help keep his teeth as clean as possible.

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Special accommodations for senior dogs
If your dog has arthritis, he might benefit from a memory foam bed. Ramps can be used to make stairs easier to navigate. Providing rugs on hard surfaced floors can help make it easier for your dog to get around.
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