!Let's Talk! Button

Fido's Golden Years

May 15, 2020

Is your dog approaching his golden years? This is a special time in your furry friend’s life, and actually one to really treasure. Fido somehow manages to get even cuter as he ages! However, your faithful buddy will need some extra TLC. In this article, a local Lagrangeville, NY vet offers tips on pampering an older pooch. 


Keep a close eye on your canine buddy’s weight. It’s very easy for older dogs to pack on extra pounds! Ask your vet for recommendations, including portion sizes, suitable treats, and tips on changing to senior dog food. 


Small touches can make a big difference when it comes to keeping older pets content. Make sure that Fido has a comfy bed. We also recommend getting your furry pal some elevated dishes. If your dog starts to have trouble climbing stairs or getting into the car, get him some pet stairs. 


Your canine companion will still need regular activity, even if it’s just a walk around the block. Just pay attention to your pup, and take him in when he starts to look tired. 

Veterinary Care

Fido may need to come in more often as he grows older. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.


Older pooches sometimes become incontinent. Don’t punish Fido for these mishaps! Many dogs are very embarrassed by this. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Keep Fido’s claws clipped! Overgrown nails are very uncomfortable for dogs to walk on. Your pup may move differently as a result. This is very bad for his bones and joints. 


Fido may not be very interested in chasing squirrels these days, but he’ll still have his playful moments. Playing is a great option! Incorporate puzzles and games that will challenge your pooch mentally. We also recommend getting softer toys. Just take care not to overexert your pet. You don’t want to encourage an older dog to jump or stand on his back legs very much.

Tail Wags

One of the best things you can do for your canine friend is to simply make sure that he feels loved and safe. Pay lots of attention to Fido, and don’t turn down those adorable requests for cuddles and belly rubs. The years we have with our furry best friends pass much too quickly! 

Please reach out to us, your Lagrangeville, NY vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help! 

  • All
  • Behavior
  • Cat Care
  • Dog Care
  • Uncategorized

National Catio Day

March 15th is National Catio Day! This is one holiday we know our feline patients…
Read More

How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Allergic to Spring?

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. Your lawn will be green and lush,…
Read More

Is It Better to Adopt or Buy a Dog?

Some people have strong feelings about whether it’s better to adopt or buy a dog.…
Read More

Canine Flu

Did you know that your canine companion can get the flu? In fact, there’s an…
Read More

Blepping In Cats

Have you ever spotted your cat just sitting there with her tongue sticking out? This…
Read More
Cat looking up and to the left

Fluffy’s Year In Review

Happy New Year! As we say goodbye to 2022, many people will be looking back…
Read More
Black dog playing with green and gold gift boxes

Choosing Safe Dog Toys

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. This is definitely a timely topic for us.…
Read More
Black big bernese mountain dog standing on fallen leaves

The Bernese Mountain Dog

Did you know December 11th is International Mountain Day? While many of our canine companions…
Read More
Blue bird pecking on a seed from the snow

How Can I Keep My Bird Warm in Winter?

We love birds, but we also know that birds are not built to handle the…
Read More
1 2 3 8