For an old dog, the pace of life slows down, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t be fit and healthy as the years roll on, and still enjoy a great quality of life.
VetSpec are specialists in satisfying the nutritional needs of canines, including the old dog, with their range of veterinary-improved and nutritionist-formulated supplements.
They’re here to share some tips on how to prolong the life of an old dog and make it a happy and healthy one.
Many canines of advanced age tend towards the portly side, as the old dog becomes less active with increasing age, and continues to receive the same amount of food. Like in humans, being overweight or obese is a big problem for dogs, and one that can cause or exacerbate many conditions, some of them life threatening. Run your hands over your dog every few days; you should be able to feel its ribs; if you can’t, visit your vet for some advice on a weight loss regime that suits you and your dog.
Even if your old dog is becoming positively geriatric, exercise is still important; you just need to adjust the amount to fit the state of your dog’s health. Even a short wander around a level grassy area can do wonders to prolong an old dog’s life and keep them happy.
Keep stimulation going
As well as physical activity, old dogs need mental stimulation to keep life interesting and engaging for them, even though their level of interest may have dropped with age. Do simple training tricks, take them to new places and let them walk around slowly and experience new sights or smells, or even just take them to a friend’s house for a change of scenery.
Nourish and care
An old dog has quite specific nutritional needs to help them fight off the many infirmities and conditions that can occur as the years pass. Choose a good quality, scientifically formulated supplement like VetSpec’s ‘Senior Dog’ to make sure they get everything they need in their diet.