"If age is just a number,
how do you know when
your dog is considered a senior?"
It makes sense that senior dogs have different care requirements than younger dogs. If age is just a number, how do you know when your dog is considered a senior? It really depends on the individual dog. In general, large and giant breed dogs age faster than small to medium breed dogs, and as a result, larger dogs, unfortunately, don’t live as long as their smaller cousins. Genetics, nutrition and environment all play a role in how fast your dog ages.
It’s normal for senior dogs to become less active as they age and with that comes the possibility of weight gain. Choose an easy-to-digest, natural food and be aware of how many calories your dog consumes in a day, including treats.
It’s important to continue with daily exercise, but perhaps reduce the intensity. For example, go for leash walks around the neighbourhood instead of hiking trails. At some point, senior dogs will benefit from a supplement for stiffening joints, such as glucosamine, collagen and/ or chondroitin. If your senior is too tired or sore for a walk, using treat puzzles as mental exercise is a great way to stimulate his cognitive function. These adjustments to your dog’s lifestyle will help ensure many more happy and healthy years together
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