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How to Take Care of Elderly Dogs?

How Do You Know Your Dog is Aging?
Physical Changes in Dogs as They Get Older
How to Feed Elderly Dogs?
Body Care for Elderly Dogs


Generally speaking, dogs begin to enter old age when they are 7 years old or older, while small dogs generally begin to age later than larger dogs. As dogs enter old age, their bodies usually undergo many changes.


How Do You Know Your Dog is Aging?


Most obviously, when you notice that the hair around your dog's mouth or around his eyebrows starts to turn gray, it means your dog has begun to age. When the dog begins to age, the changes in the body include hair change, hair lose, hearing weakening, vision decline, etc., and usually accompanied with arthritis, as well as changes in eating habits, weakened digestive function, and inability to urinate control, etc.

 

 

As dogs get older, the various physical functions of the dog will begin to degenerate slowly, but the appearance of the dog in middle age will not change much compared with the old age, so it will be difficult for many dog owners to see if their dog is reaching old age.


There are certain differences in the feeding of dogs at different ages of dogs, so how to tell whether the dog has entered the old age, this is what dog owners need to pay attention to, pay attention to the dog's body changes, timely change their feeding ways, in order to ensure dogs’ health.


Physical Changes in Dogs as They Get Older


1.Vision decline: When a dog gets old, vision will begin to decline. If the dog's eyes look a little bit cloudy, it is likely to have cataracts, which is a sign of aging. Vision loss may not be a major obstacle to a dog's life, as dogs rely more on their acute sense of smell in their lives.


2.Hearing loss: After entering old age, just like humans, dogs' hearing will also weaken. When you call your dog from a distance, it is clearly noticed that your dog's response is slow, as if it didn't hear it instead of reacting immediately and running to you like before. The problem of deafness is particularly serious if the dog is above 10 years old. About 10% of dogs will develop deafness, after the age of 14, the probability will increase significantly, and about 16% of dogs will develop deafness.


3.Mental disorders: Mental disorders in aging dogs are a new challenge for both veterinarians and dog owners. As dogs get older, mental disorders in dogs can become more common. Dogs, for example, often wake up suddenly in the middle of the night and start barking or panting, which are signs of distress.

 

 

How to Feed Elderly Dogs?


When older dogs' teeth start to loosen, which means it's harder for them to bite hard foods. The dog's appetite and digestive function decrease, which will make it harder to absorb nutrients from the food. When feeding elderly dogs, it is recommended to choose dog food suitable for elderly dogs, and eat less and have more meals, also feed them regularly.


Older dogs will not have the same digestive ability as they used to, and they will be prone to having diarrhea and vomiting when they eat randomly. It is better to feed something that is easier to digest and softer. For example, dog food can be properly soaked in goat milk powder, making it more nutritious, and supplemented with a variety of vitamins and minerals.

 

Body Care for Elderly Dogs


1. Eye Care


Older dogs may not see things clearly due to blurred vision, and mucus will be secreted around the eyes, which will look dirty and block the dog's vision.


At this time, you can clean the dog's eyes with pet wipes to protect its vision.


2. Ear Care


Help check your dogs’ ear canal frequently, and if otitis is found in the ear, it should be improved in time. You should also pay attention to cleaning your dog's ear canal. It is better to clean the dog's earwax regularly.


3. Dental care


Older dogs will have dental problems, such as dental calculus, and there are more bacterial residues on the teeth, which are prone to various oral health problems. You can usually brush your dog's teeth and use professional pet toothpaste to help it take care of its teeth.


4. Joint care


Joint problem is an unavoidable problem in older dogs. Chondroitin and calcium need to be supplemented in time to protect the joints of elderly dogs.


5. Gastrointestinal care


The gastrointestinal function of elderly dogs declines, resulting in poor intestinal peristalsis and constipation problems. Therefore, it is usually necessary to feed more water. If the dog does not drink much water, you can force-feed some water with a feeding bottle.


6. Reduce exercise


Due to the weakened physical function of elderly dogs, the dog's body can no longer support long-time exercise. At this time, when walking the dog, try to reduce its exercise time and give it more rest time.
Proper exercise is helpful for dogs, and for older dogs, the exercise of taking the dog for a walk is enough. Those strenuous exercises such as frisbee game are not good for older dogs.


7. Spend more time with your dog


Just like human beings, the physical health of the dog body is also closely related to the psychological state. Maybe you will find that dogs also have psychological problems, they also be anxious, and even depressed, but they simply can not speak it out.

 

 

The mentality of older dogs will be very different from its youth period. They will feel insecure and usually have a decline in memory, which will make them always forget a lot of things and thus be easily scolded by their owners. At this time, the owner should understand that the dog is already old, and they cannot dislike the dog because they are unresponsive.


Dogs can sense emotions from what humans say. If they find out that their owner dislikes it, it will refuse to eat. So give dogs more company, less complaining and scolding. The dog will be very happy if you accompany it for more walks and sunbathing.


You will develop a close bond with your dog when feed it until old age. It is so hard for us to accept the fact that dogs will gradually age until they will leave us one day. We all want to be with our dogs all the time. For elderly dogs, we should give it a regular check-up to find out the problem early, so that we can spend more time with the dog.

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