For your best friend, middle age comes as early as age five. Follow these tips to lend them a hand as they get on in years.
You will need
- A veterinarian
- High-fiber dog food
- A tape measure
- A carpeted pet staircase
- A leash
Step 1 Get a vet with your pet Go for annual checkups with your veterinarian to make sure your dog stays healthy.
Large dogs live an average of 10 years while smaller dogs can live as long as 15 years.
Step 2 Keep him active As your dog gets older, exercise is more and more important. Set aside two 20-minute periods each day to take them for a walk or play fetch.
Step 3 Watch that weight Being overweight is a major problem for pets as well as people, leading to diabetes and other issues. Make sure your dog eats only once a day. Provide food with extra fiber.
If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs through their skin, chances are good they’re overweight.
Step 4 Build a staircase to the bed If your dog sleeps in your bed but has trouble jumping onto the mattress, buy a carpeted pet staircase.
Step 5 Seeking medical attention Your furry friend can’t tell you when they’re hurting, so be on the lookout for these problems: lumps under the skin, shortness of breath, extreme thirst, poor appetite, and unexplained weight loss. See the vet if you notice any of these problems.
Step 6 Keep a deaf dog close Deafness can be a real problem as a dog ages. If your pet is hard-of-hearing, make sure to keep them on a leash when you are outside.
Did You Know:
Bluey, an Australian sheepdog, lived to be 29.