Monitoring The Senior Dog
last updated 22nd, Nov 2012,
Here are a few signs that your pet is getting old and needs special care. Once he has reached a certain age, look out for the following:
Food And Water Consumption: It is essential to monitor how much and what type of dog food is being eaten. Keep an eye out for any difficulty in eating or swallowing, or vomiting. You need to inform the vet if the dog is drinking too much or too little water than usual.
Urination And Defecation: Observe colour, amount,consistency and frequency of stool, as well as, colour and amount of urine. Also look out for any signs of pain while urinating or defecating. Body Weight: Measure your dog’s weight every 2 months to keep a check.
Behaviour: Check for changes in sleep patterns, comfort level around people. Has he started soiling the house despite being house broken for years? Does he get anxious when left alone, whereas it is something he has been accustomed to previously?
Activity Level: Is your dog facing difficulty in walking,climbing stairs, is unable to exercise of late? Is there a change in his gait?
Respiration And Dental Care: Check for coughing, panting or sneezing. Consistently examine the inside of his mouth. Look out for excessive drooling or any change in colour of the gums.
Give your senior dog ample love and attention and do all you can to keep him comfortable, active and involved in family life. It may take extra time, patience and attention, but having a healthy, happy companion for as long as possible is priceless.
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