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6 Things You Must Take Care if your Dog is Above 5 years of Age

09 May 2016 | by Aniesha Chaana | Posted in: Wag News

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We all know that the world isn’t a fair place and most of us have adjusted to it. However, there is one thing which none of us like and just cannot make peace with. It’s the average lifespan of our fur babies. You have spent a decade or more with them and find it extremely difficult to adjust to the fact that your baby is growing old, older than you! 

All said and done, it is important to understand and recognize the early signs of ageing in your dog and take necessary measures to make their journey less painful. If your dog is above 5 years off age, here are a list of things that you must take care of

  1. Take care of their diet – Ensure your baby has a nutrient rich diet. A healthy diet will ensure your dog is active and physically healthy. Diets may vary depending on your dog’s eating habits, breed and size. Consult your local vet to plan a diet chart for your baby.
  2. Exercise – Yes, even dogs need to do it! Keeping your middle-aged dog lean is an effective way to keep diseases at bay. Exercise not only keeps your dog physically fit but also mentally active and healthy. If not longer walks, take your dog out for short walks for two or three times a day.
  3. Regular check-ups – Just like in humans, middle-aged dogs also need to be taken for regular check-ups to ensure everything is normal. It’s easier to stop a health situation happening in the first stage than to repair the damage later.
  4. Take care of their mouth – A lot of us may not know this, but it’s important to ensure your dog’s teeth and gums are healthy. You can either brush their teeth at home or can even get it done from the local vet. A healthy mouth also helps prevent diseases like gingivitis hich happens more with ageing.
  5. Observe more – Unlike humans, dogs do not share their pain. Dogs go in a recluse and become detached with the outer world. There may be some other behavioural changes in them too, especially hen they hit that middle age. Become attuned to your old dog’s silence. Sometimes, it’s way louder than a woof.
  6. Make them comfortable – It could be a new bedding or toys, your ultimate aim for your middle-aged pet should be to ensure they are comfortable.

Apart from these things, the best thing you can do for your dog is to love them unconditionally and care for them. As they grow older, our dogs need our love and care even more. Their health is in our hands and as a responsible pet parent, it is our duty to ensure that our pets remain healthy.

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