Your pet is a part of your family. When it comes to caring for your pet, you do everything you can for their well-being, and you want to know that they are in good hands when you cannot be with them. Whether you are traveling and need a place for your pet to stay, or would like to keep your dog active while you are at work, or perhaps you would like dog obedience training or behavioral counseling for your dog, you can count on Blue Ribbon Pet Care Services to be there for your pet!
It isn't fair. Puppies seem to get all the attention while aging dogs sometimes are ignored. This week we present some tips on providing good care for your aging dog.
As pet sitters and dog walkers, we care for dogs with many different personalities. But over and above differences in personality, we also must be cognizant of the role age plays in the needs of an animal. Overall, aging dogs depend on good care more than ever; from owners and pet sitters alike. According to experts, most dogs reach old age at only seven years; depending, of course, on their breed and size. Older dog's metabolism and immune systems slow down while arthritis may affect their mobility. Vision and hearing may be impaired while some also experience loss of control of their bladder or bowels. Other more obvious changes include graying hair around his muzzle or eyebrows. They may be less active with less interest in playing and, in some cases, may become irritable around children or other dogs. Annual checkups (or preferably every six months) by a Veterinarian are recommended. Blood tests can detect age-related problems. Your Veterinarian can give advice on making life more comfortable for your aging pet; which may include a senior diet to maintain a healthy weight. Aging dogs are prone to dehydration. Make sure he or she has access to fresh water at all times. Blue ribbon pet sitters provide fresh water for your pets at each visit. Older coats and skins become dry. Brushing will not only help distribute natural oils, it is a good time to check for any unusual lumps or tumors to later bring to the attention of your Vet. Dental care becomes increasingly important with age. Tooth decay can lead to such things as heart disease.
Arthritis may cause your dog to be stiff or sore or stumble while walking. Your Vet may recommend an anti-inflammatory drug to ease pain and stiffness. Keep nails trimmed short and place rugs on uncarpeted floors to prevent slipping. If steps become a challenge, ramps can be installed just as they would for elderly people.
As eyesight weakens, don't move furniture or the dog's things around as it will only frustrate and cause undue stress. Hand signals can be used as hearing decreases. Be gentle or quiet when approaching or waking an elderly dog to avoid frightening them. Your aging dog will need your attention and affection more than ever. At times, aging dogs require a bit more patience but they deserve every ounce of comfort we can provide.read more …