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What You Should Know About Looking After Elderly Dogs

What You Should Know About Looking After Elderly Dogs

As your dog gradually gets older, it can  be hard to know how to look after them. As they begin to age, what nutrients should they be getting? And how often should we exercise them?

To answer the questions you still might be unsure about, we’ve pulled together this blog on what you might not know about elderly dogs, and how best to look after them.

Firstly, how old is ‘old’?

There’s not one age when your dog suddenly becomes ‘old’ as their age really depends on their life expectancy, which depends on their size. Larger dogs tend to have a shorter life expectancy, whereas smaller dogs usually live for longer. Larger dogs are considered to be ‘old’ at 5-6 tears, and smaller ones at 7-8.

Watch their weight

As dogs grow older they tend to become less active, which is normal as they have less energy and their bodies become sore. As this happens, bear in mind that because they’re not as active they’re burning less and less calories, so they shouldn’t eat as much as they did when they were younger and more active.

If they do put on weight when they’re older, the extra pounds can cause mobility issues, like arthritis, causing pain and inflammation around the joints.

How To Look After Their Joints

1. Hydrotherapy

As older dogs’ joints get stiffer and it becomes difficult to move, hydrotherapy, exercising in a pool, is a great was for them to exercise without putting strain on their joints. By getting the joints moving it also helps get the synovial fluid moving around between the joints, keeping them healthy.

2. Joint Care Chews

Our Joint Care Chews have been specifically formulated to promote flexibility, strength and comfort. We've only used naturally and ethically sourced ingredients that support your dog's joint health, keeping the active and happy!

It's a natural and effective way to keep your dog mobile and strong no matter what their age by encouraging the production of cartilage. This means it will target the cause of the problem, rather than only dealing with the pain.

But be aware of…

Non-sterodial anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs) such as Metacam. These tend to be the ones given by vets to help joint pain, but they’re potentially harmful for your dog. They don’t treat the problem, just numb the pain. They also have a range of side effects such as vomiting, kidney issues and in some cases even death. We suggest you begin by giving your dog Joint Chews and only use NSAIDs as a last resort.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to your dog, you only want the best for them. This is why at Pet Lab we've created healthy, natural and effective supplements to allow your dog to live a happy and comfortable life!