As you are brushing and taking care of your dog make sure to look out for any redness or any signs of infection or irritation on the skin. Older skin can be more temperamental and can be prone to irritation.
The more you groom the better the skin is going to get. When you brush and groom you are allowing more blood to flow to the skin.
Quality Time and Patience
Just because your dog is getting older doesn’t mean you can’t surprise them with some extra time together. Your dog might not want to go on a long walk or play fetch outside, but you can sit outside at the park and enjoy time in the sun.
Do things that your dog enjoys, light exercise is a great activity for older dogs and most dogs are happy to go on a short walk. Be patient with your dog and understand that they are going through their own changes. They might not be able to hear or see as well and they may have a decrease in energy.
These are all things you need to keep in mind and understand when spending time with your dog. Be patient when you call your dog inside, it might take them more time to come up the steps or down the stairs.
Be mindful, carry them down the stairs to help their joints. Your dog might not be as bouncy and wild as they once were but that doesn’t mean they lose their personality.
Keep your compassion because they need your companionship for their well-being and emotional and mental health.
Maintain a Good Relationship with your Veterinarian
It is important that you have a veterinarian who you trust. As your dog gets older you might start to notice different health concerns. Having a good relationship with your veterinarian will make it easier to get your dog the care that they need.
Veterinarians recommend that older dogs get frequent health screenings, something that many owners are not aware of. These screenings will help you detect any potential health problems. The earlier you detect and treat a health problem the better chance you have of successful treatment.
By coming in for routine testing you are able to create a base line of your dog’s normal levels. This will help you detect any abnormalities. Your veterinarian will also be able to assess your dog’s oral hygiene. As a dog ages their oral hygiene becomes even more important.
Make sure that you are giving your dog all the tools necessary to succeed and feel good!