Caring for an elderly dog

Dogs are great companions, whatever their age. Whilst they offer us endless loyalty and affection, they also rely on us for care throughout their puppy days and into old age.

However, as dogs get older their care requirements change. They are less energetic and sometimes more vulnerable to illnesses and diseases.

But caring for an elderly dog needn’t be difficult, and Petplan has all you need to know about older dogs and their care…

When is your dog considered ‘old’?

There is no singular answer for when a dog is considered ‘senior’ as some breeds will age faster than others, particularly bigger breeds. Seven years of age is usually considered a rough guide for middle age!

Many factors such as diet, exercise and medical history also affect your dog’s aging process. But it’s important to remember that as your dog slows down (and potentially puts on a few pounds), their temperament often becomes calmer and these older years usually prove most rewarding for owners.

Tips for caring for your senior dog

Just as people age and appreciate those little comforts in life, so too will your dog. Whilst there will be necessary adjustments to your pet’s lifestyle, it’s important to keep a regular routine which will hugely benefit your dog’s physical, mental and emotional health.

Some of these changes in lifestyle include:

Symptoms to look out for

If you notice any of the following symptoms occur, or if anything else regarding your dog is worrying you, contact your vet for advice and support:

What is your favourite thing about caring for elderly pets? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below…