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Complete Guide To Emotional Support Dogs at old age

Dogs older than 10 years can be considered older dogs, that is, a dog that is older than this (and especially if it is large in size) is an elderly dog. Older dogs give off a certain tenderness, you will know especially if you have ever had one: older dogs remind us in a way of a puppy dog ​​either for its needs, care or for its delicacy. In this article from Animal Expert we are going to give you the best tips to improve the quality of life of older or older dogs and provide them with more comforts. Read on to discover the care of an elderly dog, a complete guide to everything you need to know. Also remember to learn about how to keep your pet in housing through as an Emotional Support Dog.

Caring for an older dog needs dedication and will As we have previously commented, dogs that are older than 10 years are already considered an old dog, an old dog. Still, we should know that small dogs tend to be longer-lived, it will depend on the particular case. During this final stage of his life (fear not, sometimes it can be very long!) The dog experiences behavioral changes, sleeps much more and can even suffer from diseases due to its weak immune system if we do not pay attention to it. Our mission is to try to alleviate the effects of age taking into account three basic factors:

  • Ánimo
  • Alimentación
  • Dolor

La alimentación del perro anciano

La alimentación del perro anciano, mayor o senior es sumamente importante, tiene necesidades distintas a las de un perro adulto. Para ello es básico seguir estos consejos:

  • Un perro anciano debería estar proporcionado, no debe estar obeso. Mantener una figura óptima es muy beneficioso ya que evitamos que nuestro perro cargue peso excesivo en sus huesos y músculos.
    • Para asegurarte de que tu perro se encuentra bien alimentado es importante acudir al veterinario cada 6 meses para hacer una analítica y una revisión general descartando anemia u otros problemas.
      • Si tu perro se encuentra en buena forma física y come sin problema deberás cambiar su alimentación a un pienso light o senior. Estos piensos tienen menos calorías y es específico para esta etapa de su vida. Recuerda que debe ser un alimento de calidad.


If, on the other hand, the senior dog is too thin, the ideal is that we try to make him gain weight by means of fat-rich puppy food. If you notice that your dog does not drink water frequently, you can try adding chicken or fish broth to the feed (if you accept it). You can also increase the consumption of pates and wet food, rich in water. Your dog should have plenty of fresh, clean water. At this stage of your life your teeth may be damaged, forget about giving him hard bones to gnaw on, it is preferable to use an apple for it. It can happen that the dog eats and spits its food, or that it simply does not want to eat. In these cases we advise you to look for a higher quality feed and even occasionally prepare homemade diets. Go to the vet if you don't eat. You can add vitamins to your dog's diet if you consider that it needs an extra energy, you can consult the vet or a pet store how you should administer them.

If your older dog eats too fast and you are afraid that it will suffer gastric torsion, you can spread the feed on clean and disinfected soil. This will help him use his nose and he will eat more slowly. Remember that sometimes older dogs with problems such as senile dementia can be eating and leaving (forgetting that they are eating) in these cases we recommend monitoring during intake. It can also happen that the elderly dog ​​that suffers from deafness or loss of vision does not want to eat if you are close, it is normal, offering confidence by staying close is a good idea. If we do not feed or hydrate our elderly dog ​​correctly, serious problems such as kidney failure or heart problems can appear. It is important to check and verify that our dog is adequately fed. It is crucial to ensure you can keep your pet with you to avoid any problems that you may have too, to do this, make sure to check out an ESA Letter.

How should the walks of the old dog be The old dog sleeps more hours than an adult dog, but do not be confused: it needs to walk and socialize like any other dog. For this it is important that we adapt physical exercise to your specific situation since dogs that are very old have reduced physical activity, but that must also be maintained. We recommend you to take more but shorter walks (never more than 30 minutes) especially in the early morning or in the afternoon at sunset. If we are in the direct midday sun it can be harmful since it produces excessive and unnecessary heat. Walking with our dog helps to maintain its muscles and control obesity, a risk factor at this stage. You can practice many activities with an elderly dog. Also remember that you should be careful if your dog suffers from hearing or visual deficiencies, it is more sensitive to the environment and therefore you must hear or see through it. Learn about caring for a blind dog.

Finally, it is essential to add that we must be considerate and understand that our elderly dog ​​can show different behaviors in relation to this new stage. Do not pull on the leash or treat him disproportionately, be patient with him during walks even if he is slower or does not want to walk sometimes. Always carry some goodies with you to motivate him.

Constant affection The elderly dog ​​can change his behavior by being more independent, attached and we can even appreciate that he cries when we leave home: he has greater needs for affection. One of the most common problems that happens to older dogs is that when they sleep a lot, their families interpret that they should leave them alone. It is true that we must let him rest and not interrupt his sleep hours, that is, it is important to be affective on a regular basis, encourage him to play and have fun with the elderly dog ​​if apathy, sadness and an isolated behavior of the family nucleus can appear. Play and treat it in a special way, remember that perhaps they find it difficult to cheer up and their condition is more delicate. Leave him toys or intelligence games with food when you leave so he can be distracted.

In The House

In the home It is normal for the elderly dog ​​to change behavior or attitude inside the home, perhaps you notice that it follows you in an exaggerated way: it may be a consequence of deficiencies in their senses, they are afraid of being alone. We recommend that you offer them confidence and that you always count on them to go to the kitchen or living room, they will thank you. If your dog has senile dementia, it is important to try to maintain order in the home so that it does not feel disoriented. In addition, and generally, due to age, some dogs begin to have pain in their bodies: bone, muscle ... They also find it difficult to regulate the temperature. For this reason it is essential that they have a wide, comfortable and padded bed where they can rest, remember that older dogs sleep a lot.

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