Senior Dog Month: Benefits Of Senior Dogs

celebrate senior dogs Aging is inevitable — for humans and for the dogs we love. November has been designated, “Senior Pet Month” and we want to take some time today to share some of the benefits of senior dogs, how to care for your senior dog and how wonderful the love of a senior dog is!

As our dogs age we need to do what we can to assure they are comfortable and happy. That may mean we need to make changes in their diet, their exercise schedule and their interactions with children and even energetic, younger dogs or puppies.

Our senior dogs certainly don’t wake up one day and decide to bite someone. They may bite because they’re in pain, they’re disoriented (dementia is something our senior pets struggle with) or they simply haven’t got the patience to deal with interactions or people that they once did. It’s understandable, but it can be scary for you, for the person whose gotten bitten and for your dog.

Senior Dog Month: Benefits Of Senior Dogs

Dogs reach their golden years when they are seven-years-old, according to many veterinarians. Small breed dogs live longer and large or giant breeds have shorter lifespans, but the average age to be considered a senior is seven.

What are some signs that your dog is aging?

  1. He is slowing down. Long walks aren’t as enjoyable for him as they once were.
  2. She struggles to get out of bed or off the floor. She’s just moving slower and dealing with arthritic bones.
  3. He will have a short temper and may snap or growl at a family member or a stranger. A scared, tired or achy dog is more likely to bite. To protect yourself, call us for a dog bite insurance quote. This low-cost dog bite policy will provide liability coverage if your normally mild-mannered dog suddenly bites someone.
  4. She appears confused.
  5. He can’t hear or see as well.
  6. They’re suffering from health issues including: arthritis, dementia, kidney disease and others.
  7. She may be incontinent and is having accidents in the house.

What can you do to make your senior dog’s life healthy and happy?

  1. Schedule veterinarian visits every six months. As your pet ages, she may need more frequent vet visits to for wellness visits and to assure there is no worsening of a health condition.
  2. Take shorter walks.
  3. If your dog can’t easily get into the car or jump on the bed or furniture, invest in a ramp to make it easier.
  4. Take her out more often so there are no accidents in the house. Put down puppy pads for those times when you’re not home to take her out.
  5. Invest in a high quality bed. This will alleviate any stress on your senior’s bones and joints and help him get a better night’s sleep.
  6. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations on a high quality pet food for your aging pet.
  7. Remove, or don’t get in situations, in which your senior dog may be frightened or agitated enough that he will bite. Consider how you feel when you’re tired and achy and you can see how a senior dog simply won’t have the wherewithal to keep his anger to himself.

Give your senior dog a lot of additional love and belly rubs and make certain you’re patient with him. It is heartbreaking that our dogs have such short lives compared to ours, but they look up to us to care for them until the very end.

About FIDO There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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