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Keep your dog content in its golden years
Most people nowadays consider their pets as just another member of the family, meaning they provide them with the best pet food, pet products and affection to keep them happy and healthy. However, even with the best care, dogs will inevitably begin to age, and with senior status comes new concerns and conditions owners need to know about.
Dogs are typically considered seniors when they reach the age of 7 or 8 in small or medium breeds, or 5 to 6 years old in large or giant breeds. When your dog is nearing one of these milestones, it may be a good idea to bring it to the vet's office for a complete physical and to ask the vet ways in which you can help your adult dog transition into senior status healthfully.
A common recommendation vets give to pet parents of senior dogs is to switch out their current kibble for a brand made with the nutritional needs of older dogs in mind. This can be helpful as young dogs need more protein and carbs since they typically burn off more calories playing and exercising. Senior dogs on the other hand, are more relaxed and don't require such rich food options. Whole Earth Farms Senior Dry Dog Food is a good option as this brand has lean protein as well as natural sources of antioxidants derived from blueberries and cranberries.
Many breeds are susceptible to developing painful arthritis as they age, so it may be helpful to start your dog on a joint enhancing supplement like Dasuquin to ward off pain. Purchasing Dog Steps with 4 Steps to keep near your dog's favorite chair can also work to keep joints healthy by reducing how much unnecessary strain your dog puts on its joints getting on or off the furniture.
Even if your pooch stays inside more in its golden years, it doesn't mean you should stop giving it its flea and tick preventative pet drugs like Frontline Plus or Comfortis, as it only takes a few fleas or one infected tick to cause major problems for your dog.
Other ways you can help keep your pup content and healthy in old age include helping it look its best on the outside. A well groomed and clean dog is a happy one so make sure to brush your dog regularly to reduce dander or snarls and nourish its skin with pet shampoo. You may also want to start taking care of its teeth and mouth by adding in a tooth brushing regimen or giving it Greenies Dental Treats to fight tartar and plaque.