Just like us humans, our pets grow older and with age come special needs. But getting older doesn’t mean that your dog can’t live a full and happy life.  

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Today, we are going to learn some tips that will help you and your dog navigate the golden years.

Balance Their Meals According to Their Age

Many of you are probably wondering how age affects your dog. One of the most common effects of age is weight gain. This is partly due to the fact that your beloved canine simply doesn’t move around like they used to. Plus, you are probably still feeding him or her the same kind of dog food in the same amounts. This can lead to weight gain, which can have a negative impact on the overall health of your pet. Instead of feeding your older dog the same old dog food, choose one that is designed with their age in mind. Also, speak with your vet before making any food choices and ask for their advice. This will help your dog get the nutrition they need without all those extra calories.

Keep Them as Active as Possible

A great way to keep your dog in shape is by keeping them as active as possible. While your aging dog may not be able to run with you in the park, they may be able to walk with you. By keeping your dog active, you will not only help their physical health but their mental health as well. Less active older dogs can fall into a depression much like us humans. So make sure that you spend some extra time out of your day doing low impact exercise with your canine friend. For more information on senior exercise that you can do with your dog, check out this amazing link. Here you will find everything you need to get your pet active again.

Take Your Dog to the Vet Regularly

Instead of waiting until your dog has developed a health issue, why not be proactive and take them to the vet? Bi-yearly vet visits may not be something your dog enjoys but it could save his or her life. Many ailments and diseases that come with age can be treated or prevented altogether with regular vet visits. Allowing your vet to keep an eye on your pet’s health will also save you money in the long run. A serious disease that can be treated early will cost much less than if it has progressed. If you have trouble asking the right questions during a vet visit, this website will help. It has a list of questions that every pet owner should bring up with their vet.

Now that you know more about how to help your dog navigate the golden years, why not get started today? Even if your pet is not older, you can get a head start on preparing for the future. Remember that your dog will need all the help he or she can get during this time in their lives.

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