I love all dogs but I'm partial to seniors. My two seniors have brought me many years of happiness, love and companionship and I want to make their golden years as happy, healthy and comfortable as possible. My two seniors, Jade and Sarge, have learned they can get away with a lot more now than they could have when they were younger. Sarge has graduated from his orthopedic bed to the couch. I know some people don't like dogs on their furniture but I don't mind sharing. Jade prefers her bed but never passes up an opportunity to climb in my lap even though she weighs 60 pounds.
They even get a few extra treats and chew bones. Sarge and Jade may have slowed down some but they still love helping their daddy work in the yard. Sarge's hearing isn't as keen as it once was, but for some reason, he can hear his daddy open a bag of potato chips downstairs. An article by Caroline Golon, Petfinder Contributor lists five things to do when caring for a senior dog to ensure they have a healthy life,
1. Feed Your Dog A Nutritious Diet- consult with your Vet about your dog's diet and nutritional needs. They can recommend what brands and ingredients that is best to feed your dog.
2. Help Your Dog Get Enough Exercise- Exercise is critical in keeping your senior healthy, both physically and mentally. They may not be as active as they once were but less strenuous walks will help your senior feel better and it will help maintain their weight.
3. Keep Your Dog At A Healthy Weight- Extra pounds on an older dog means more stress on their body, including joints and internal organs.
4. Schedule Regular Check Ups- The American Animal Hospital Association recommends senior dogs see their vets at least every six months for a check up. Many diseases and health issues can be treated if caught early enough.
5. Don't Neglect Your Dog's Teeth- Tarter build up can cause gingivitis, which can cause bacteria to get into the bloodstream, causing severe damage to your dog's organs. Regular at-home brushing and yearly professional cleanings by your vet is recommended.