How do you take care of your senior pets?

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Last update: July 14, 2022, 4:02 p.m. HST

It is important to provide extra care and attention including proper nutritious food, regular exercise, medication and lots of love for senior pets (Image: Shutterstock)

It’s important to provide extra care and attention, including proper nutritious food, regular exercise, medication, and lots of love for senior pets.

Our four-legged friends are our best companions. As soon as they enter our lives, they make a special place in our hearts. But as they age and approach old age, they begin to face health issues. It is therefore important to provide extra care and attention, including proper nutritious food, regular exercise, medication and lots of love.

According to the American Kennel Club, different breeds age at different rates.

Some signs of aging in our senior furry friends are –

They often have trouble going down stairs or jumping into the car. If you notice stiffness, it could be a sign of arthritis. It affects 80% of dogs over 8 years old.
dark fur will turn gray as it ages.
bad breath can be the result of tooth decay or gum disease.
Ocular cloudiness (nuclear sclerosis) occurs gradually over time, it may indicate signs of cataracts.
Forgetting can be a sign of canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) and is becoming common in older dogs.
Here are some tips for caring for your dog:

Provide them with the proper nutrition or supplements as suggested by the veterinarian. They will need more nutrients in their diet to stay strong and healthy. Don’t overfeed them.
Provide them with a healthy lifestyle by exercising them or taking them for walks twice a day. Monitor their activity level. Encourage more brain activity with your senior dog.
As they grow, it becomes important to visit the vet regularly for their checkups.
Groom them frequently. Clean their paws after a walk.
Keep them hydrated and give them a soft, comfortable place to sleep.
Spend more time talking and petting them. Shower with all the love and affection they deserve.

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