Thanks to modern veterinary care and scientifically formulated, natural dog food for senior dogs, it’s not uncommon for small or toy breed dogs to live to be 15 years or older. A breeder, vet or pet shop manager can tell you the typical lifespan of your particular breed, but in general, smaller breeds live longer than larger breeds. With good medical attention, a sound, nutritious diet and plenty of TLC, your dog can expect many great years with your family.
Dogs and People Age Remarkably Alike
As we age, we all become less active and lose muscle strength and bone mass. Our digestive function becomes less efficient, taste buds become less sensitive, skin becomes dry and flaky and feelings of stiffness might creep into the joints. Give your older dog a little extra attention and loving care.
Watch Your Senior Dog’s Weight
It’s important that you monitor your older dog’s weight. Excessive weight puts undue stress on a dog’s heart, skeleton and other vital organs. If your dog is being fed according to the feeding guidelines and still exceeds the recommended weight you may need to reduce calorie intake until your dog reaches the ideal weight. Seek advice from your vet and remember: No table scraps!
Make Their Activities Less Strenuous
Senior dogs still love to play, but their hips and joints might be affected by arthritis (especially in certain breeds). They also might tire more easily. Keep an eye on your dog’s activity level; dogs will usually stop playing when they’re tired.
Adjust Food to Fit Your Dog’s Life Stage
Once your dog becomes senior, even if they still look young, it’s important to adjust your dog’s diet to a natural senior dog food, to maximize overall health and well-being. If your dog ever has trouble chewing, report it to your vet. As dogs become seniors, oftentimes their desire to eat declines. By mixing wet dog food with dry kibble you can help encourage your senior dog to eat.