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Puppies are adorable. They’re special in a tiny and cute way. What’s even more special is getting to watch them grow into mature, strong adult dogs. Sometimes, elderly dogs tend to slow down a bit. Sometimes he’ll withdraw from you to be alone with himself. He might gain a few pounds or lose some. Everything depends on how healthy he is. The exact age when an adult dog becomes a senior dog varies considerably from breed to breed. Regardless of his age, as his owner, you should take care of him and make him feel comfortable.Here are a few tips to help you in making your old dog feel young again.
- Pay attention to his weight and dietThe easiest and simplest key to a longer life is eating less and exercising more. This way your dog will remain healthy while also getting the quality nutrition that he needs. You should consult with your vet about diet plans. It’s better to start while your dog is still a pup so you can monitor his growth and make changes accordingly.
- Try some supplements.Keep in mind that you should always ask your vet before starting your dog on anything new. Some supplements have the ability to counteract other medications that your dog might be taking. It’s just always safe to consult a vet first. Supplements like fish oil can help an older dog manage various heart problems, joint problems, and also improve the coat and skin. Vitamin B supplements are also a good idea, especially for older dogs.
- Keep exercise consistent.Older dogs have more pains and aches when compared to adult dogs and puppies. That’s why it is very important that you exercise him in such a way as to not put any unnecessary strain on his body. Mental stimulation is great exercise. Shake up your normal exercise routines like walks in the park and a game of catch by adding games that improve the brain.
- Try food puzzles and scent games.As your dog ages, there is a good chance that he will develop some kind of cognitive dysfunction. To keep this condition at bay, provide him with a lot of mental stimulation. As he’s a natural predator, try playing scent games with him. Let him use his senses to fend for himself.
- Give him some space.Some changes that come with age like the loss of hearing or eyesight may make him seem a bit grumpy. Understand that this is also very new for him and that he also needs time to adjust to the changes that are happening in his body. The best thing you can do at this point is give him space to process things.