8 Tips for Keeping a Senior Dog Healthy and Happy!

Senior dogs make great pets, but they also come with a few unique challenges. Whether you’ve owned your senior pooch since puppyhood or are bringing a new rescue dog into your home, here are some things to start paying extra attention to if your dog is more than 7 years old.

Work With a Good Veterinarian

Older dogs may develop treatable problems, including arthritis or hearing and vision problems. Find a vet you trust, and consult her if you notice changes in your dog.

Know the Challenges

Learn about the signs and symptoms of common ailments that older dogs face, since early intervention can minimize the harm and keep your dog comfortable. Your veterinarian is a good starting point for this research.

Practice Preventative Care

Small problems can have big effects on older dogs. Use a preventative treatments to keep heartworms, fleas and ticks away from your dog, and keep her and her environment healthy with regular grooming and cleaning.

Consider Reduced Vaccinations

Vaccinations are important, but older dogs may be more at risk for adverse reactions. Talk to your vet about only vaccinating every three years, which reflects updated national guidelines.

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