The years pass for all, even for our faithful friend, what makes learning how to take care of an older dog is necessary at a certain moment. Surely, we have noticed that they begin to have some special needs and will require more attention on our part. We must be patient and understanding with all the changes that you will experience in your life, for something very natural, as it is aging. We will see that take care of older pets is not that difficult and above all, what they need is a lot of affection on our part.
We will observe a series of changes or symptoms that will make us realize that our dog begins to enter into an advanced age. We should not be afraid, but some care when perceiving the own pathologist of this stage, to be able to go to our trusted veterinary doctor if they need it. It is important to recognize these diseases in time, to remedy them or to mitigate, as far as possible, the inconveniences that they cause to our dog. Old age is not incompatible with good health if we provide the necessary care.
Less activity and agility
They will have less activity and agility of course, can no longer support intense walks or long walks it costs more to recover and needs more rest time. This enters into normality, as it happens to us, is no longer for such a trot, that does not mean that you should stop moving, moderate exercise and adapted to your new situation, it is always beneficial to keep it healthy. There may also appear joint diseases, arthritis, that cause our dog to have pain or discomfort in these areas, which greatly diminishes their ability to move and require medication to be able to have a better quality of life.
Changes in fur
You notice changes in the coat no longer have so much shine in your hair, it becomes rougher, and you can even change the color and appear gray through the area ofthe snout and eyes. Your skin is dry and brittle including nails and pads. Warts or calluses may appear in certain areas of support. We must take care of their skin and hair more administering fatty acids in their diet, maintaining a correct hygiene and regular brushing to detect these changes. Our veterinarian will be the one who can best help us take care of our pet and give us keys to prevent or treat these alterations.
Dental problems will arise sometimes we overlook very easily the dental hygiene of our dog so it is important to take care of our pet’s teeth. Regular tooth cleaners, tethers, mouthwashes, there are numerous aids to control tartar and gingivitis in our dog. Even so, the passage of the years and a dental hygiene in the majority of the cases, little effective, make that these ages have many pathologies in the mouth that provoke halitosis due to gingivitis and accumulation of tartar, this can be trigger of Other more serious diseases. We must take special care and control and even plan a surgical cleaning with your veterinarian,
This comes together, with a cognitive impairment, as his nervous system also ages and his reflexes are somewhat slower. We will help you to adapt to this situation and facilitate your daily tasks now you need some of our help.
Another problem is urinary incontinence very common in sterilized bitches, are uncontrolled urine leakage, we will go to our veterinarian to evaluate the cause and give us the solution. In other cases, they simply cannot stand urine for so long and increase their frequency of urination, so we must be patient and think that it is not our dog’s fault it does not do it on purpose, perhaps with increasing number of exits is enough.