- Establish a relationship with a veterinarian that is like-minded. Finding a veterinarian who understands your beliefs and will respect them is very important. In my case I do not believe in all of the vaccines that we give our pets, especially as they get older. I rely heavily on nutrition and exercise. I am very interested in alternative types of treatments such as acupuncture and herbal remedies. In my case, it is very important to me to have a veterinarian that is open-minded. One who will listen to the research that I have done, who keeps updated on new and alternative treatments and can help me make a decision.
- Feed your senior dog the best food you can afford. One really good website that I use is Dog Food Advisor, but don’t stop there. Don’t believe the commercials; do your research and then talk with your veterinarian. I have found feeding my dogs (no matter the age) my cost a little more, but I make up for what I spend on food with less trips to the vet.
- Don’t over feed your dog, especially as they age. Obesity will create health problems and shorten their life. Overweight dogs will be more susceptible to heart disease, joint problems, arthritis and diabetes.
- Give your senior dog adequate exercise, but adjust it to her changing abilities.
- Be diligent in grooming to control fleas and ticks. Keep nails clipped and teeth brushed. Bathe and brush your dog regularly.
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