SENIOR DOGS

Common signs of ageing...

 

COMMON SIGNS OF AGEING:

As your dog gets older, more health issues are likely to arise. This is where you should step in and take any necessary steps to either prevent, slow down or bring comfort to any developing issues. The most common signs of ageing are:

 

 

BENEFITS OF ADOPTING A SENIOR DOG:

BENEFITS OF ADOPTING A SENIOR DOG:
Many people only don't consider mature or senior dogs when adopting and head straight to puppies, but did you know there are many benefits to picking up an older dog from the shelter?

They deserve it;
Older dogs are generally given up due to owners wanting a puppy or being unable to look after/keep them. Going from a loving family to being alone is no way for a dog (or anyone!) to spend the remaining years of their life.

They are house trained;
Gone are the days of toilet training and destroyed furniture, most senior dogs have already been house trained making them ideal for those who don't want to go through the trouble.

They are the perfect companion;
Senior dogs are an ideal addition to someone in need of company, especially those of a senior age themselves. Less exercise is required, but the occasional walk can still get you out the house. Plus they are usually more than happy to sit next to you for a couple of hours relaxing enjoying your company.

 

WHEN IS MY DOG CONSIDERED 'SENIOR'?
It's hard to determine an exact age for when your dog is considered senior. Most dogs will age at a slightly different rate however a common sign is the activeness of your pet slowing down. Smaller breeds have a longer life span than giant breeds thus being considered senior at an older age. Below is a guide of the general age dogs are considered senior and a good time to start looking out for any changes!

 

MAKING THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE:
As your dog gets older, certain ways they go about their daily routine will change and they may need your help more than before. Making sure they are always in a comfortable environment is a great way to start, whether it be moving them inside if they've been an outside dog, adding supplements such as glucosamine to their diet or simply just letting them sleep quietly during the day!


Arthritis in older pets is very common and if your dog is affected you will find their mobility and speed decreasing. Look at introducing ramps to your home - be outside to help them get up and down stair areas or against beds/couches to lessen the impact on their joints from having to jump.