October 22nd, 2019
Guest blog courtesy of Back on Track
Just like us, our furry friends need special care as they get older. Genetics, nutrition, and environment all play a role in how fast your dog ages. But even the most active and healthy of dogs need different care requirements once they become a senior.
Every dog is different, but there are some general guidelines that can determine when your dog has officially become a senior citizen. Giant dogs age faster than tiny dogs. For instance, a Chihuahua isn’t considered a senior until they’ve reached the age of 10 whereas a Great Dane is a senior by age five.
Dog breeds that are between medium and large are considered seniors somewhere in the middle. A golden retriever or black lab might be considered a senior once they’ve reached the age of eight.
As your dog ages, they’re more at risk for certain diseases and illnesses. These conditions include:
Your senior dog requires different care as they age. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can make sure your dog ages comfortably.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your dog happy and healthy as they head into their senior years:
It’s important to make changes to your dog’s lifestyle as they age to keep them happy, healthy, and safe. By following the tips above, you can make sure your dog ages gracefully.