Fido’s Golden Years

Fido’s Golden Years

If there’s one thing we know about dogs, it’s that they live life to the fullest. Unfortunately, though, our canine pals have much shorter lifespans than we do. As your dog ages, he’ll still be loving, loyal, and full of tail wags and affectionate kisses, but his needs will change a little. In this article from River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, a local vet discusses senior dog care.

How Dogs Age

Dogs don’t all age at the same rate. Big pooches enter their senior years much more quickly than smaller pooches do. Large breeds can be considered seniors at age six or even five. Smaller dogs, however, don’t enter their golden years until aged ten, on average. Do some research into Fido’s breed, so you know what to expect.

Signs of Aging

Fido usually ages gracefully, so you probably won’t see drastic changes right away. The first thing you’ll probably notice is your dog slowing down and becoming less active. Your pet may also go grey around the muzzle, and become more interested in naps than in playing. As your canine friend gets older, he may start to limp, or develop vision and hearing problems.

Veterinary Care

It isn’t uncommon for older dogs to develop specific medical problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, or hip dysplasia. Keep up with your pet’s veterinary appointments! Your vet will be able to give you specific advice on Fido’s care needs. He or she can also offer tips on when to switch to senior formula food, and what to watch for as far as health issues.

Keeping Fido Comfortable

Small touches can go a long way in helping your canine pal stay comfortable during his golden years. A comfy bed is a must. (We recommend orthopedic beds for older dogs.) Keep up with Fido’s dental care, grooming, and peticures, and keeping him active with daily walks.

Enjoying The Moment

We know, it can be bittersweet to watch your beloved pet grow old. However, this is actually a very special time in Fido’s life. Older dogs often have very sweet, lovable demeanors, and want nothing more than pets, ear scritches, and naps. Savor this beautiful time with your canine buddy, and keep that tail going with treats, playtime, and, of course, lots of love.

Please contact us, your Fox Chapel, PA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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