Dog Life Stages - Senior (7+ years old)

Senior Tips

If you find that your dog is eating less but still putting on weight, it may be due to a slowdown of metabolism or a decrease in activity. Ask your vet for advice on your dog’s nutritional requirements.

Do as much as you can to prevent fleas and ticks. Make sure your dog and his environment (bed, play area) are spotlessly clean.

Besides your dog’s usual complete physical exam, your vet may conduct urine and fecal analysis and blood work. Ultrasounds and other imaging tests may also be recommended.

VCA CareClub Senior Paws Wellness Plan

It’s a question on every pet owner’s mind. How long do dogs live? The answer is different for every dog, but if you participate in a comprehensive care program like Senior Dog CareClub® Wellness Plan, a long healthy life is very possible. From thorough senior wellness exams to annual diagnostic testing for early detection, VCA puts senior dog care at the top of the list.

Learn more about this special package, or call us at 727-522-6640 to make an appointment today.

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Senior Center

Caring for a senior dog involves a bit more time and attention than caring for a younger one. But you’ve come to the right place for tips, tricks, advice and the latest news on senior dog care.

Basic Care
Research everything you need to know about caring for an older dog. Here you’ll find links to articles on basic care including exercise, medications and more.

Nutrition
Older dogs may need lower-calorie diets to help prevent against obesity and higher fiber diets to improve gastrointestinal health. Learn how to manage your older dog’s nutritional needs here.

Medical
More frequent vet visits are a must for senior dogs. It’s also important to look out for warning signs of a medical emergency. Read more to learn what to look for.

Training
Older dogs have the ability to focus for a much longer period of time. Which is good news if you’re interested in training. Read more here about training mature dogs.

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