As we age, we often lose that youthful spunk and energy. We don’t have to! With the right lifestyle choices, we can remain young at heart well into our golden years. Well, your dog can do the same.
Elderly dogs are often plagued with lethargy and arthritis as they age, but you can encourage your pet to be more mobile. Here are a few tips from a professional animal hospital that should help.
You should first turn your attention to your dog’s diet. It can have a huge impact on his overall health throughout his life, but the effects of poor nutrition are often most noticeable in old age.
Different breeds and ages have different nutritional needs. Choose a dog food that is specially designed for elderly canines the same size as your pooch. Avoid the food that is cheap and can be found at your local grocery store. It is likely to contain fillers that will only zap your furry friend of whatever energy he has left.
If your dog is still struggling even after switching to a high-quality senior food, you may want to consider supplements. There are many different kinds out there that can help your pet get his energy back.
One supplement that is especially helpful for dogs with arthritis is glucosamine. It can encourage your pet’s existing cartilage to remain healthy while encouraging the growth of new cartilage at the same time.
The biggest benefit of choosing a supplement is that you can give it a try before you decide to ask your veterinary professional about medications that will ease your dog’s arthritis pain.
It’s easy for muscles to get tired and sore more quickly the older your dog gets. Stiff joints can exacerbate the problem. Massage can help.
Massaging your dog is a lot like petting him. The only difference is that you apply more pressure and compression techniques to areas where your pet needs the most attention. It’s a great way to relieve joint and muscle pain, which will encourage your pooch to be more active.
Whether you need a food recommendation, you’d like to try a supplement, or you could use some massage pointers, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your local Animal Hospital.