PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE TIPS DOGS
As our dogs age, health problems start to progress more quickly. Some common illnesses associated with dogs as they age are arthritis, periodontal disease, diabetes and cancer. Here are action items you can do to help your dog age as gracefully as you are aging:
- Regular well check visits with your veterinarian.
Just like humans, as dogs age, they have more health problems. It is much easier to be proactive and work ahead, then to wait for something to happen. Consult your veterinarian to discuss what you should be aware of for your dog. Most recommend seeing your veterinarian once a year.
- Keep your dog’s weight in check.
Your dog’s weight has a bigger impact on their health as they age. Dramatic changes in weight, either gaining or losing, can be an early indicator of illness.
- Start a joint supplement such as Glyde™ Mobility Chews.
When you were 20, you were able to jump higher and run faster. Now at age 40, not as much. Your dog feels the same way. Many pet parents add joint supplements and Glyde Mobility Chews has great results. If you have seen your dog slowing down, consider adding Glyde to help relieve the signs of arthritis and promote better joint health in all ages of dogs.
- Continue playing with your dog.
Keep your dog active throughout their lives, so they stay happy and healthy. Take your dog on a walk, play tug-of-war or fetch to keep your dog acting like the puppy they once were. If you see less interest in playing, and more interest in sleeping, take the initiative to change this pattern.
We all know our dogs are beautiful, fulfilling, wonderful additions to our family. Just as we have always said, the only problem is they don’t live nearly long enough. While we reflect on how our dog ages, let's do our part to make sure they live their best lives while they are here with us and keep them as happy and healthy as possible!