Senior Dog Care – Caring for your Aging Pekingese

 


Senior dog care is no joke and the best decision you can make for them is going to start from the inside – their diet. Spending high quality food as much as your income can accomodate can make a big difference plus you won’t have to go often on vet trips. During their sunset years, please avoid giving them low quality or cheap foods. True, there are many economical dog foods available at your local grocery store but did you know that these kinds of food also contain low-quality ingredients that will tend to be intolerable to your aged pekingese. Giving them poor quality of food surely reflect on their health and physical appearance, and not to mention their vital organs will become less efficient due to their aging process. Unless recommended by your vet, it is wise to stay away from the dog foods that are sold from the grocery.

Older dogs tend to need more protein in their body, so what we sometimes get away in giving to an adult dog will definitely not do for a senior. So, what is the right food for them you ask? First look for the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) approved label. Second is you scrutinize the quality level. High-quality foods tend to have supplements and viatamins which proves to be beneficial for your aging pekingese.

Poor food intake would mean poor coat quality, gastrointestinal diseases, prone to skin allergies, and becoming weak. The vet trips that you will have to do due to poor nutrition would become inevitable. In the end, your ‘cheap bargain’ on the low-quality dog food will catch up and it is your dog who will suffer the consequences.

Senior Dog Care – Caring for your Aging Pekingese

Senior Dog Care

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others. Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.

Source: Healthy Pet, http://www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?title=Senior_Pet_Care

Senior Dog Care Tips:

  • Physical Changes. When your pekingese reaches age 8-14 years, your dog’s body will begin its change. He may develop joint problems and arthritis and he will also become less mobile. Giving him glucosamine and chondroitin along with his daily diet would keep his joints supple. Additional vitamins, antioxidants and other mineral may also help strengthen his immune system.
  • Behavioral Changes. Be aware that as your pekingese ages, he would develop new behavioral patterns. This would include aggression, depression or separation anxiety.
  • Separation Anxiety, Depression and Agression. You will somehow notice that your pekingese would tend to become restless as you begin to change for work or his urine/feces are all over the place and your furniture are a wreck once you get home. It is advisable for you to leave casually and leave lots of hidden treats behind for him to find once you are gone. He will then associate your departure as a positive experience. Depression and agression is possibly due to anxiety as well. It is best that you keep the routine constant and keep in touch with him in any way possible while you are out. If you can afford, you can hire a nanny for him or leave him at a day care center.
  • Diet. Having a senior pekingese aroudn would mean special nutritional needs for him. He will need ample fat and protein. Also note that senior dogs are more prone to constipation, thus fibers in her diet is very essential. And due to his decreased metabolism, he would likely become obese if you are not being careful on what you feed him. Decrease his caloric intake and fat content in his meals.

Senior dog care is a very serious matter. This is the time that your pekingese will need you the most and you should be there to watch over them carefully. Every dog deserves a loving and dependent human companion in order for them to feel loved and fulfilled during their lifetime. Since they already served and loved you more than their entire lives, it is about time that you will repay that love during their sunset years and let them really feel your love for them.

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  1. It is very important that you take care your dog

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