Our dogs are our family, which means we love them from puppyhood through their senior years. Or, maybe you’re one of those big-hearted rescuers who adopted a mutt who’s already on the mature side. In either case, there are a few things that pet parents should keep in mind in order to keep our dogs as healthy and happy as possible, even as they age.
Below, check out 8 changes you can expect as your dog becomes a senior. The more you know, the more you can help make your furry friend’s golden years the best yet!
1. Stiff joints
With age often comes stiff, achy joints, for both us and for our dogs. So as your canine companion gets older, he may be slower to get up, climb stairs, and even walk around.
While getting stiffer with age is just about inevitable, the good news is, there are lots of things you can do to help. There are different kinds of natural supplements that can support joints, gentle stretches to increase flexibility, and adjustments in their exercise and everyday routines to help them stay active and get around more easily.
2. Possible loss of hearing and/or sight
Senior dogs’ senses can start to dull, so it’s important to pay attention to their depth perception and listening abilities. For instance, if your fetch-crazy pup starts having a hard time catching the ball or finding it on the ground, or if a normally obedient pooch stops listening to commands, it may be time to have his senses checked out.
Check out 5 Great Tips For Fighting Your Senior Dog’s Hearing Loss and 5 Ways To Help Your Dog Cope With Vision Loss for more great info.