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Bone Up on These Senior Dog Care Basics

February 1, 2015

Your twelve-year-old miniature schnauzer really doesn’t look her age. In fact, Dolly’s good health and shiny coat make her look several years younger. Since you’d like your canine housemate to remain in tip-top shape, you’ve asked your vet Larimer County to give your pooch a thorough physical exam. You’ll also tell the vet if Dolly’s food and water consumption have changed; and if her urination and/or defecation behaviors have gone out of whack. Using that information, your vet will create a tailored senior dog care program. Read more about senior dogs’ special health needs.

Senior Dog Food

Dolly’s top-notch adult dog food has served her well. The nutritionally complete blend has given her quality protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. While she’ll still need these nutrients, her requirements might have changed.

Since Dolly’s not as active, she’ll also need to reduce her calorie intake. Here’s where your vet can help. After reviewing Dolly’s nutritional needs and activity level, he’ll likely recommend a targeted senior dog diet. If Dolly had developed a chronic medical condition, the vet might prescribe a diet that supported her treatment.

Continued Dental Care

To keep Dolly’s choppers healthy and disease free, your vet will closely examine your dog’s teeth during her regular physical checkups. She’ll probably need a dental cleaning, which the vet can perform while your canine charmer’s under anesthesia. Afterward, the vet may ask you to regularly brush Dolly’s teeth. Ask the vet if a special dental diet would also help.

Appropriate Vaccinations

Even though Dolly’s a canine senior citizen, she still needs regular vaccinations that protect her from infectious and dangerous canine diseases. After considering your dog’s age, lifestyle, and overall health, your vet will give Dolly the appropriate shots.

Regular Light Exercise

If Dolly maintains a regular light exercise program, she’ll be better able to head off obesity. Since your furry friend loves her daily walks, confirm that she can continue those happy jaunts. Ask the vet about gentle indoor fetch games, warm-water swims, and other appropriate exercise. If Dolly appears to feel pain when she stands, navigates the steps, or walks normally, tell the vet. He can recommend medications and/or therapies that can help your feisty girl to feel better.

During Dolly’s twice-yearly checkups, your vet Larimer County can fine-tune your little pooch’s health regimen. To start your senior dog on a good health program, contact your vet today.

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