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7 Ways to Help Your Dog Live Longer

Is your canine pal aged six or older? If so, your pooch may be approaching his senior years, or even already in them. Dogs all age at different rates, so six isn’t a universal doggy retirement age. Big dogs, however, do become seniors around that time. Little pups tend to live much longer, and may not hit their golden years until they are 10 or even older. No matter what size your dog is, there are things you can do to keep him happy and healthy for as long as possible. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Sharon, ON vet offers tips on keeping Fido’s tail wagging for years to come.

Keep Fido Fit

Your dog may look cute if he’s overweight, but those extra pounds put him at risk for some dangerous medical conditions, such as heart disease, respiratory issues, diabetes, and bone/joint problems. We know, many people like to pamper their pets by giving them yummy snacks. Treats are fine—and can be very beneficial—but don’t go overboard. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.

Veterinary Care

Make sure Fido sees the vet regularly! Your canine buddy may need to visit us a bit more often as he ages, so his health can be closely monitored. At home, watch for signs of sickness, and call your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.

Doggy Dental Care

Don’t forget about Fido’s teeth! Keep your pet’s choppers healthy by following a good doggy dental care routine. Regular exams are also important. Follow your vet’s instructions.

Good Food

Nutrition is a critical part of Fido’s care regimen. As your pet ages, his nutritional needs will change. Certain supplements, such as fish oil, may also be beneficial. Ask your vet for specific advice, including tips on switching over to a senior-formula pet food.

Suitable Activity

Just like people, dogs often slow down as they age. However, don’t let Fido become a couch potato. Most dogs need at least a daily walk. Savor those long, relaxing strolls with your furry best friend!

Breed-Specific Care

Breed will play a large role in your dog’s care needs. Do some research into Fido’s breed, and keep him healthy through all the stages of his life with a suitable care regimen.

Do you have questions about senior dog care? Call us, your Sharon, ON pet hospital!

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