A few people might end up getting an older or an adult dog instead of a puppy. So might consider adopting a dog from the local pound and give it a family that it deserves. Others might get one from a friend or family member that is not able to take care of it anymore. Taking care of an older dog might sound easier compared to taking care of a puppy, but it’s actually more complex then you think. Older dogs face a few certain types of illnesses that puppies may not experience. Here is a guideline on how you can take care of an older dog.
Like humans, dogs tend to have a more active metabolism when they are younger. As they age, it slows down and it’s easier for them to gain a few pounds. To assure that the dog’s weight is just right for their height and breed, weight the dog regularly. Keep a small notebook or list with you or use a track chart and write down any changes on their weight. You need to keep their weight at a certain rage to keep them healthy and prevent any illnesses. If you do not have a scale, you can go to the vet and ask them if you can use theirs. Most vet office let their clients use their scale for free.
Include more healty activities
An excellent diet is not enough to keep your dog healthy. It will also need some exercise and physical activity. A great way to let your dog get some exercise and also let you enjoy spending time with it is to play games. A popular game that most dog owners sign up for is dog Frisbee. You and your dog can enjoy running around in a field, throwing and catching a Frisbee. Some games even have competitions and many dog owners would train their dogs to become the best. Keeping an older dog active helps minimize the possibility of them getting arthritis, degenerative myelopathy, hip dyspepsia and more.
Visit the vet more often
Making frequent visits to the vet is needed for older dogs. More frequent visits will detect any illnesses while it is still on its early stages. Illnesses that only affect older dogs, like degenerative myelopathy, can be tested for. Vets know what is best for your dog during this age so talk to them and ask for a few care tips as well.