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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. 


Food

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. 


Comfort

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. 


Activity

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.


Incontinence

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.


Nails

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. 


Playtime

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! 

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