Whether you’ve recently adopted a senior dog or you’ve had your elderly companion since they were a puppy, there are a few things that you need to know about caring for a senior dog. Learn more in this blog and make sure to contact us today to make an appointment at our animal hospital in Rancho Cucamonga!

Proper Nutrition

It is important for your dog to have a nutritional diet at any age, but it becomes even more important when they are older. Older dogs are more at risk of becoming obese since they don’t get as much exercise as they did when they were younger, so you want to make sure that they are getting the nutrients that their body needs to maintain their weight and health. If you’re unsure of what diet is right for your dog, no worries! Our veterinarians will be able to recommend a diet specifically for your four-legged best friend.

Exercise

While they may not get the zoomies like they did when they were a puppy and don’t have quite as much energy as they did back in the day, that doesn’t mean that they don’t still require regular exercise! Routine walks are not only good for their joints and their overall health, but it’s good for their happiness as well! You’re your dog’s favorite living thing on the planet, and they want to spend as much time with you as possible! They’ll absolutely love their walks around the neighborhood or playing at the dog park with you!

Trips to the Vet

When your dog is younger, it’s recommended to bring them to the veterinarian at least once per year, but we recommend two visits a year for senior dogs. Preventative care is the most important way to ensure that your dog is healthy and not at risk for health conditions. When you visit our animal hospital, our staff will make sure that your pet is as healthy as they can be!  

Grooming

As your dog gets older, their coat may have a different appearance than a few years prior. Seniors are known to get flaky and dry skin, which can be irritating and even painful for them. To avoid tangles and matting and to help promote healthy skin, we recommend that you brush your dog daily and make sure that they are getting baths with a natural shampoo made specifically for dogs.

Love

The most important thing that your senior dog needs is, of course, your unwavering love. You’re their parent as well as their best friend and all they care about is loving you and having that love returned! So make sure that you give them belly rubs or scratches behind the ears at every opportunity you have. Savor every moment that you have with them and don’t let there be any doubt that they are loved!

If you would like more information about caring for your senior dog or would like to make an appointment at our animal hospital in Rancho Cucamonga, then go ahead and contact us today!