This chart will be a handy reminder of the ten most important tips to keep your senior dog in the best possible health. You can download a printable copy by clicking on this button (check your downloads folder, if it doesn’t appear automatically):
Ten Tips for Keeping Your Senior Dog Healthy
Find a great VETERINARIAN -- one who is caring, competent, compassionate, and willing to fully address your questions and concerns. Book a wellness visit twice a year.
Attend to DENTAL HEALTH. Brush teeth daily. Have them cleaned by a veterinarian under anesthesia whenever recommended. NB: Cleaning without anesthesia is NOT recommended.
Feed THE BEST FOOD you can afford. Cheap feeds have poor quality protein sources and questionable fillers. Ask your veterinarian and do other research. Consider freeze-fried or get recipes for home-prepared food.
Maintain your dog at a HEALTHY WEIGHT. Compare your dog's profile to the illustration above. Take measures to achieve ideal weight.
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS and ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES may help your dog. Glucosamine chondroitin can work for arthritis. Acupunture can be effective, too. Ask your veterinarian.
Become familiar with SIGNS and SYMPTOMS of possible health problems and bring them to your veterinarian's attention promptly.
Regularly provide opportunities for PHYSICAL and MENTAL EXERCISE adjusted for age and environmental conditions.
Learn about VACCINATIONS and MEDICATIONS recommended for your dog. Read labels and follow instructions. Request an info sheet on negative side effects and bring them to your veterinarian's attention promptly.
DAILY GROOMING is really good for older dogs....to maintain bonding and to notice fleas, ticks, and new lumps, bumps, or swellings. Dog beds, etc., need extra cleaning, too, to control for parasites and bacteria.
ENGAGE your dog daily in enjoyable activities -- walks, games, car rides, expeditions, etc.
For more details, visit The Senior Dogs Project at https://srdogs.com/health