As pets grow older, their health needs also change. Understanding these changes and the steps you can take to ensure your senior dog ages comfortably and healthily will improve his longevity and quality of life. The age at which your dog will become a senior is variable, and typically depends on his breed; your Scottsdale veterinarian can help you track your dog’s age and health throughout his life to ensure he receives the targeted care he needs at every age.
Senior dogs need nutritious food.
Senior dogs have specific nutrition needs, especially as their metabolism and activity levels change. Because older dogs may be less active, it’s important to make sure you are feeding your senior dog the correct amount of food, as well as feeding him a food that provides all the nutrients he needs for good health. The right food will keep your dog looking and feeling his best, maximizing his energy levels and reducing the risk of chronic disease.
Senior dogs need regular checkups.
Your vet is your best resource when it comes to caring for your aging dog. Because each dog is different, it’s important to identify and track your dog’s unique health needs as he ages. While there are general guidelines to follow, which include exercising and grooming your dog regularly, your vet will alert you to any additional care your dog may need, such as specialized medication or supplements. Most veterinarians would like to see a senior dog for checkups every six months, which allows for identification of any developing health issues early to determine the best treatment option for more effective care.
At Horizon Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to helping you and your pet enjoy a happy and healthy life together. Our veterinary staff has experience in both general pet care and specialized procedures, including surgery and dental care. You can find out more about our Scottsdale veterinary office when you visit us on the web, or call us today at (480) 800-4559 to schedule an appointment.