Rosie Brown is a veterinarian with 20 years’ experience in small animal practice. Her passion is preventative health care for our dogs; what can we do to keep them well and reduce the chances of them getting sick?
Rosie has written a short report on how to give your dog a checkup, following the steps she uses in her clinic. It is just under 20 pages long and has full color photos. It explains such things as why we look at a dog’s gums and press on them when we’re doing an examination, how to check a dog’s pulse, and more. Her aim is to encourage dog owners to become familiar with their dog, so they can quickly notice any changes and have them treated straight away. They then have a better chance of a good outcome, and early treatment may not cost them as much in veterinary fees.
The 20 pages ebook is priced at a very reasonable $4.95, to get it into the hands of as many dog owners as possible.
As a dog gets older it becomes our responsibility to ensure that he or she receives the right amount of exercise, veterinary care and nutrition. Some tips for caring for an older dog:
The Right Bedding:
An older dog needs a comfortable sleeping-place and bedding. Nowadays there are special beds available for older dogs designed to take the pressure off aching joints.
A good exercise routine can help older dogs deal with possible weight gain and arthritis. Exercise also improves digestion and blood circulation, both of which are affected by old age. This can include a leisurely walk once or twice a day as well as some low-key playing. Although you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, you sure can play with him/her. Show them you have time for them! Not only puppies need love! Just make sure you don’t overdo it as this can cause over exhaustion for an older dog. His mind might be in it, but his body isn’t.
As dogs age, their dietary needs change. You must make sure that you choose the right food that is appropriate for his/ her needs. Food especially made for older dog food will have fewer calories, enough protein, and vitamins and minerals that help your dog’s coat and teeth stay strong and healthy. Weight gain due to slow metabolism is also a common problem at this age. You can choose from a number of foods on the market with low fat and calories. You must always ensure that the dog stays well hydrated as well.
Adequate Veterinary Care:
At this point in your dog’s life it is important to keep tabs on his health. You must ensure regular check-ups to the vet, so that all the necessary shots are given. Ask your vet to regularly check for Senior Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in your dog, as any age above 8 doggy years, may show signs of this. Symptoms may include:
A good book to read, if you have a senior citizen canine:
Look after your aging dog. Although he may be a little slower than before, he loves you just as much, if not more!