Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Healthy
If you have a dog that is seven years of age or older, they are in the senior years of their life. Yes, while age can slow down your dog as years go by, it’s always a good idea to keep them healthy. We’ll be taking a look at the top # ways that will help keep them healthy and active.
There are dogs who are in their senior years that are suffering from age related issues such as arthritis, digestive issues, and even weight gain. But there are dogs that might be within the same age bracket with the energy of a puppy.
If you want your senior dog to have that kind of energy, keep reading. Now, let’s dive right into the list so you can be well-informed and prepared to take these steps:
1. Use supplements
Supplements are great for your senior dogs health. Especially the supplements that will focus on joint health. Some dog owners recommend a supplement known as turmeric. This spice has proven anti-inflammatory that not only works effectively on humans but also dogs as well.
2. Watch their weight
As mentioned before, weight gain in senior dogs is common. And when it’s not managed properly, it can accelerate age-related health issues. So it’s important to control their portions of food as you’re feeding them. Don’t be afraid to make some adjustments to find that sweet spot. Also, you should monitor their weight regularly by having them weighed at the vets office during their regular checkups.
3. Keep them active
Just because they’re getting older doesn’t mean they should move around a lot. The less they are mobile, the more likely their joints can deteriorate. Make sure that they are taking regular walks and play with them regularly.
This will help keep their muscles strong and allow them to retain their ability to sit, stand for a treat, come over to you, and so on. After an active day, you should cuddle up with them using personalized blankets for your dogs.
4. Give them massages regularly
Dogs can’t get enough of their massages and pats. Not only is it very comforting, but it also helps relieve stress, improves muscle function, and reduces a lot of pain (if any). Don’t be afraid to do a little deep massaging to keep the blood flowing to their muscles.
This will preserve their mobility so they can keep moving around the same way they did when they were younger.
Your senior dog might be getting older. But it doesn’t mean they have to slow down. It’s always a great idea to keep your senior dog active for as long as possible. The more active they are, the more they’ll be able to defy age.
It’s amazing how two dogs of the same age can live different lives. One lives their golden years riddled with health issues, but the other will be active and won’t even look like their age. It’s important to make sure that they are being fed well (with portion control), a solid supplement regimen, and the ability to play, run, and round the corners like they just heard a can of dog food opening up.