Looking after your senior dog
It is true that dogs grow so quickly. Before you know it they are fully grown and start to slow down a little. It is quite easy to recognise when your dog begins to show signs of ageing. It is true that different breeds grow at different rates. As a guide, the larger the dog, the faster they mature. A senior dog will have slightly decreased energy levels.
Your dog may sleep more than they used to. Another sign of ageing can be joint problems and even arthritis. A senior dog, particularly larger breeds will probably begin to show signs of stiff joints. If your dog suffers prolonged periods of stiff joints and has trouble walking then you should consult your vet.
However if your dog suffers from occasional stiff joints then you can buy pet products such as Gro-well joint aid for dogs or Pedigree joint care. These products contain specific nutrients which help to ease to condition of joint discomfort.
It is true that as your dog grows older, the less exercise they will need. However your dog still needs some form of exercise, as exercise can help prevent obesity and joint problems. A couple of walks every week should be adequate to provide benefits, but to also avoid making them excessively tired. Exercise can also improve mood and improve digestion.
As mentioned earlier, senior dogs require different levels of nutrients compared to adult dogs. Luckily there are numerous senior dog foods on the market which cater for such dogs. These products typically contain lower levels of calories than regular adult food. This ensures you senior dog doesnt become over-weight.
Looking after your senior dog and knowing how their bodies change can help to ensure they live out their golden years happy and pain free.