The Golden Age: How to Care for Your Aging Dog
Your dog will always be a precious puppy in your eyes, even when their muzzle starts going gray. Eventually, though, you will notice them panting a bit harder after walks or struggling to climb up on the sofa. Their energy level will decline and their needs will change. But with proper care, your dog’s golden years can be just as comfortable and enjoyable as their puppy years. Keep reading to learn more about how to care for your aging dog.
Keep an Eye on Their Blood Pressure
In dogs, high blood pressure is often a sign of disease - especially as they approach their senior years. And when left untreated, it can cause sudden blindness and many other problems. Unfortunately, the symptoms can be difficult to detect. Scheduling regular checkups with a veterinarian is the best way to keep an eye on your canine companion’s blood pressure. At Inna Veterinary Acupuncture and Mobile Medical Services, we use a Doppler blood pressure monitor to check for hypertension, which could be caused by diabetes, renal failure, and other health issues. When left untreated, high blood pressure can cause sudden blindness and many other problems.
Watch Their Diet
Your dog’s dietary needs will change as they get older. As their energy levels decrease, so should their calorie intake. Your pet may also experience digestive difficulties, decreased appetite, or obesity as they age. Your vet can help you make the right changes to meet your dog’s evolving dietary needs.
Exercise Their Body and Mind
Dogs of all ages need physical and mental exercise. While arthritis may prevent your canine companion from joining you on long runs, they should still take short walks and engage in age-appropriate play. Keep your dog’s mind active, too, with stimulating food puzzles.
Schedule Regular Appointments with a Bay Area Mobile Vet
Mobile veterinary care is easier and more convenient for senior pets. When you book an appointment with a Bay Area mobile vet, you won’t have to worry about loading your dog in your vehicle and subjecting them to the stress of visiting a vet’s office. We recommend scheduling semi-annual appointments for senior pets so we can keep an eye on their ongoing health and detect potential problems early. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your furry friend.