Keep your Dog Healthy, Happy and in Great Shape for Pet
Travel and Relocation....
There is much
disparity between the life spans of dogs and humans. After
having loved a pet and lost one, it seems unfair. The best
we can do is to keep our friends as healthy as possible and
in the best of shape so they can live and be happy for years
Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Young and Energetic:
1. Know When Your Pet is "Old." The time when your dog is
considered a "senior" depends largely on his or her breed
and size. According to Dr. Johnny Hoskins in Geriatrics and
Gerontology of the Dog and Cat, small breed dogs (less than
20 pounds) are in their senior years around nine to 13 years
of age. Medium sized dogs (21 to 50 pounds) around nine to
11.5 years; large breed dogs (51 to 90 pounds) around 7.5 to
10.5 years and giant dogs (more than 90 pounds) between six
and nine years. In general, smaller breed dogs live longer.
2. Wellness Exams. When your pet is considered a senior, you
should bring your dog for regular geriatric examinations.
These examinations help identify early diseases or problems
in older pets. Exams should include a history and physical
examination with evaluation of the teeth, listening to the
heart and lungs (by stethoscope), abdominal palpation
(feeling of the abdomen) and inspection of your dog's ear
and eyes. Weight monitoring, parasite check (fecal
examination) and blood work and urine tests are also often
recommended. Other tests may be indicated depending on your
3. Watch for Illness. Careful observation at home is
extremely important. By nature of survival, dogs are very
good at hiding their illness until it is too late. Take time
to examine your pet. Feel him or her for masses and
indications of weight loss or loss of musculature. Things to
watch for include changes in water consumption or patterns
of urination, poor appetite, weight loss or gain, coughing
or difficulty breathing, changes in activity level,
vomiting, diarrhea and skin lumps or masses. If you have
questions or concerns about your pet, play it safe and have
him or her evaluated by your veterinarian. Early diagnosis
is vital to the success of treatment.
4. Weight Control. Obese dogs have shorter life spans than
non-obese dogs. Obesity may lead to a number of health
problems. Excess weight puts excess stress on your dog's
heart. When the heart doesn't function properly, other
organs may suffer including the brain, lungs, liver and
kidneys. Over time, these problems may become severe enough
to cause life-threatening conditions.
5. Keep Close Tabs. In general, "outdoor" free roaming dogs
have shorter lives than indoor animals. Infectious diseases,
poisonings and trauma are common killers. Senior dogs have
decreased reflexes and may not see and hear as well as they
used to. This makes them vulnerable to outside dangers such
as predators or cars. Keep dogs on leashes or in fenced-in
6. Monitor Your Environment. Keep poisons up and out of your
dog's reach. Common toxins include antifreeze, rat poison
and slug bait. Keep trash out of reach. Don't count on your
pet to "know better." It doesn't take a large amount of a
dangerous substance to make your dog seriously ill.
7. Nutrition. Feed your pet a premium high quality diet
supplements such as Hill's Science Diet®, Iams® or Eukanuba®.
Feed low fat and high fiber foods since high fat and/or low
fiber foods are thought to decrease life expectancy.
Minimize treats and make them nutritious and low in
calories. Air-popped popcorn is often a good treat for dogs.
With your veterinarian, you should discuss the merits of a
diet formulation for your senior dog.
8. Exercise. Exercise helps to maintain a healthy body
weight, strengthens joints and muscles and provides mental
stimulation for your dog.
9. Spay and Neuter. Spayed and neutered dogs tend to have
fewer health problems. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries
and uterus. Without these organs, ovarian cysts, uterine
infections and cancer of the reproductive tract are no
longer a concern. Studies have shown that dogs spayed before
puberty have a significantly lower chance of developing
breast cancer than unspayed dogs, or dogs spayed later in
life. Health problems that can be associated with birthing
are also eliminated with spaying. Neutering is the removal
of the testicles. Without these organs, testicular cancer is
no longer a concern and the risk of prostate problems is
reduced. In addition, the desire to "wander" is diminished,
which lowers the chance of your dog running away and
suffering trauma, such as being hit by a car.
10. Mental Stimulation. Provide your pet with toys, games
and quality time. Most pets are never too old to play.
Encourage mental stimulation. It is never too late to teach
old dogs new tricks.
Try to follow these important tips, and you'll keep your dog
healthy, happy and forever young.... and ready for pet
travel and transport at any time.
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