Our dogs will always be our babies: we spoil them, play around with them, and talk to them in a thin baby voice. However, when dogs grow up and become seniors, certain things need to change: their care, nutrition, and some old habits.
Senior dog care: what happens when a dog ages?
It’s the normal aging process: As dogs age, their levels of energy start decreasing, they can have joint problems and even gain some weight. As a consequence, they tend to spend more time laying down and sleeping more hours per day. Some owners can describe this behavior as ‘lethargic’. But the truth is that it’s the circle of life.
When is a dog considered senior?
Not all dogs are considered seniors at the same age. Naturally, dogs’ life-stage consideration depends not only on their age but also on their breed, size, and lifestyle. However, we can stipulate that small breeds like Yorkshires, Jack Russells, and Corgis are considered senior at the age of 11; medium size dogs such as Whippets, Bulldogs, and Australian Shepherds become seniors approximately at the age of 9; and large size dogs like Golden Retrievers, Akitas, and Alaskan Malamutes are seniors at the age of 7/8.
5 tips to boost your senior dog care
We already know our dogs have different behaviors when they become seniors, but what can we do to boost their daily life?
- Encourage proper exercise: The times of going biking with your dog running by your side are over. A senior pup needs to exercise but at his own pace. Make sure he is walking enough miles per day, but remember to walk by his side, respecting his pace, and ensuring he is not in pain.
- Consider supplementation: Our Max Strength Glucosamine Soft Chews and Treats have been designed for senior dogs who can use an extra boost. They contain omega fatty acids and glucosamine, which promote lubrication and strength, improves mobility, reduces pain and inflammation, and increases comfort. Besides, they have a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritis effect.
- Stimulate your dog’s mind: Even if they can’t move as they used to, dogs still enjoy (and can benefit from) playing sesh. Senior dog care also consists of getting him engaged in games like tug of war or puzzle toys. He will definitely appreciate it: Active mind, active body 😊.
- Modify your pup’s diet: Naturally, your dog’s food can’t be the same throughout his entire life. Puppies, adults, and senior dogs have very different nutritional needs. Make sure to add enough proteins and fatty amino acids to his diet. Treat your senior dog with herbs and adaptogens, thanks to our Adaptogenic Organic Mushroom Supplement Powder. It protects and supports the liver, heart, and kidneys while enhancing cognitive function, and boosting the immune system.
- Take care of his teeth: Yes, I know this may seem an aesthetic issue, but it’s not: If untreated, gum disease can cause chronic pain and lead to more serious conditions affecting the heart, lungs, and liver. You can read more on our blog about Gum disease.