I am a paid Petcurean ambassador. This post is a result of my affiliation with the brand.
Last month Clem turned 11 years old. In miniature bull-terrier years, that’s OLD (according to statistics the live 12 – 14 years). As your dog ages, they need a bit more care, and while “kids” can get away with more without harm, an elderly dog (just like their humans) need a little more TLC.
While some of these measures are for ALL DOGS,
He/she may be slowing down…
but, you pooch still needs exercise. Don’t expect him to hike the canyons like he used to, especially if he’s become a bit of a couch potato. Shorter more frequent walks will keep Rover fit without the stress on those aging joints.
I cringe when I have to take Clem for his yearly exam. Why? The price of a visit for a senior dog is so much more expensive at my veterinarian. Of course those higher fees are because there are more tests for things like thyroid, diabetes, etc. If your dog seems to be limping or uncomfortable make sure to bring it up to the vet. Just like us, our dogs get arthritis, and there are plenty of solutions to help.
Senior dogs need a senior diet
I’ve switched Clem to Petcurean’s NOW FRESH Grain Free Senior Dog Food Recipe. The reason I chose the grain free is that I want him to stay lean since I’ve had PLENTY of dogs with arthritis and with his muscular body and small legs, the less weight on his joints the better. He has a history of allergies and sensitivities, and he tolerates the 100% FRESH turkey, salmon, duck and 100% fresh Omega 3 & 6 oils from coconuts and canola very well.
Keep his mind working
Don’t put away all of those toys he played with when he was a pup, he still needs to use his mind. Keeping him busy will keep him sharp and stave away boredom.
Sleep little baby, sleep
Take a look at your dog’s bed. If your pet has any arthritis you may want to switch to a softer bed (or even memory foam). Make certain to keep their sleep areas warm so the joints don’t stiffen, tossing a blanket on a tile floor for your four-legged friend to curl up on.
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