Geriatric Dog Care
A Geriatric Dog is usually one that is over 7 year oldeven younger for some large breeds.
Diet. Slowing metabolism and lower activity levels make older dogs more prone to obesity. Extra pounds place a burden on heart lungs, kidneys, joints and muscles. Obesity can reduce life expectancy 30-50%.
Less, but higher quality protein, along with fewer calories and salt, plus vitamins and minerals are needs of you older dog. Some older dogs may have reduced appetite and digestive-absorptive capacity, resulting in inability to maintain optimal body weight. Smell and taste may diminish with age along with poor oral health. Your veterinarian can help determine a nutritionally balanced diet for your older pet.
Geriatric Medicine is a special need veterinarians are able to provide to extend quality and life span for your aging dog. Many problems can be detected and corrected in their early stages, or their progression and damage slowed down.
Don't forget routine health care procedures such as bathing, grooming, eye and ear care, dental care, flea, tick and worm control and booster immunizations. All contribute to the health and well-being of your pet.
How long your pet lives is influenced by heredity. But, the care and treatment received from YOU can be even more important to his or her longevity.
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