Dog Life Stages - Senior (7+ years old)
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.
Senior Best Care Checkup
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 Best Care, a long healthy life is very possible. From annual diagnostic testing to fecal exams to X-rays, VCA puts senior dog care at the top of the list.
Learn more about this special package, or call us at 412-364-5353 to make an appointment today.
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.
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.
- Senior Dog Care-Special Consideration
- Quality of Life at the end of life for your dog
- Caring for Senior Dogs: What You Need to Know
- 10 Life-Improving Products for Senior Dogs
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.
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.
- Wellness in Geriatric Dogs
- Arthritis in Dogs
- Osteoarthritis in Dogs - Joint Support and Disease - Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs (DMOADs)
- Osteoarthritis in Dogs - Joint Support with Nutraceuticals
- Obesity in Dogs
- Lenticular Sclerosis in Dogs
- Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs and Cats
- Complementary Medication in Behavior
- Pets with Disabilities: Overview
- Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs
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.