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Senior Dog Free Health Checks at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital!

We at Anicare Veterinary Group’s Clontarf Veterinary Hospital  are not big fan of “dog years”. How old a dog is depends on many thing not least the breed. Smaller dogs live longer. So a 7-year-old Great Dane could be classified as an OAP, whereas a 7-year-old Jack Russell Terrier is still relatively young!  More over with advances in veterinary medicine dogs are living longer and healthier lives.

What is important is that we recognise when our beloved dog is getting old and appreciate the he needs looking after differently.

How you can Help:- 

1.Feed him differently:-

Just like people as dogs age their metabolism slows down so they need less calories. Being overweight is never good but more so for our elderly pets

Older dogs can also become fussy eaters partly because their sense of smell declines with age.

Diets for older pets contain higher levels of antioxidants which help combat the damage to cells by free radicals.

The inclusion of products such as omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin helps with arthritis.

Hill’s Science plan for senior pets which we stock at Clontarf veterinary Hospital is an example of good food for the older dog.

2.     Don’t let him overdo it!

Older dogs need may need more rest, especially if they have joint disease. Little and often is the key so if you’re going on a two-hour hill walk, best leave the dog at home!

If your dog isn’t exercising as much he may need his claws trimming – book an appointment with one of Anicare’s vet nurses for a nail clip.

Older dogs may sleep for longer and sleep more deeply. Don’t be tempted to wake them as if they are startled they may respond with a snap! If they enjoy playing with children in the family that’s great, but make sure children understand not to tease them, and to leave them alone when they need a rest.

3.     Make sure his bedding is comfortable

It’s probably not fair to keep elderly dogs outside as, like us, they become less able to cope with the cold as they age. As they sleep and rest more, it’s important that their bedding is nice and thick to prevent calluses on the elbows and other pressure points. Put your dog’s bed somewhere quiet so he can hide away from the hustle and bustle of family life if he needs to.

4.     Book regular health checks

Some people think that dogs don’t need vaccinating when they reach old age, but this is not the case. It is still important to give them an annual booster, especially as immunity can be weaker in elderly animals. It’s also still important to treat them for fleas and worms regularly.

The annual health check becomes more and more important as your dog ages. In fact, we at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital recommend stepping it up to every six months as your dog gets older as the sooner diseases are picked up, the better.

images5. What to watch for:-

  1. Increased drinking
  2. Joint stiffness, reluctance to exercise, creaky joints or leg weakness
  3. Poor appetite
  4.  Confusion, walking into furniture.
  5. Cloudy eyes
  6.   Lumps and bumps
  7.  Any other unusual  signs

6.     Keep him groomed

Because the quality of hair decreases and it becomes more important for him to groom himself, it’s more important to brush your dog regularly as he gets older. Use a soft brush so you don’t hurt him if brushing over sore joints. Matted coat may need to be clipped – your vet practice or groomer can help you with this.

7.     Be patient!

As your dog gets older he may start to go deaf and blind, find it more difficult to move around, and suffer bouts of confusion. Occasionally he may have toileting accidents. It’s really not his fault so do not chastise him for these. Remember whatever the problem with your pet it’s always worth checking with your vet to see if it can be treated – I have in the past been asked to put bitches down because they have started to leak urine, with the owner not realising that this is something that can usually be treated quite easily with regular medication.

For the Month of APRIL  Anicare’s  Clontarf Veterinary Hospital is offering  FREE   Vet Nurse Senior Dog Health Checks.

To watch a video of our Qualified Veterinary Nurse – Maeve Deady  giving senior dog health check  – just click on the link below.

Senior Dog Health Checks

Free check ups are subject to appointment availability so call us now to make an appointment for your dog.

 Should you have any queries on this or any other topic call Clontarf veterinary Hospital on

01 8330744

Clontarf Veterinary Hospital – Where We Put the Care of Your Pet First – ALWAYS.

 

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