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How To Care For Aging Dogs

Updated on June 24, 2014
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Dogs Are Just Like People

Unfortunately our best friends - dogs live much shorter than us, and because of that we should prepare to care for them, as they age, to be able to provide them with the most comfortable life when they get older.

The time when a dog begins to age depends on a breed and living conditions. Larger breeds start to age the fastest, when they are about 7-8 years old. Smaller dogs, up to 10 kg, age after completing approximately 11 years of age.

Older dogs get more quiet, than they used to be, and tend to sleep more. They often begin to suffer from arthritis, which causes mobility problems, and aching with every movie. In addition, they may start loosing their vision and hearing, and may develop problems with digestive system and urinary tract - just like people!

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How To Make Your Dog Comfortable

What to do to make your best friend feel comfortable and loved at this stage of his life?

You will need to ensure that he has a quiet and warm place to rest. The best would be a sunny spot, far from drafts, because even a common cold could be dangerous.

Make sure you still take you buddy on plenty of walks, because he still needs exercise to feel happy and healthy.

A very important part of caring for an elderly dog is a properly balanced diet. Buy food specifically designed for seniors, with just the right amount of vitamins and minerals. To make sure your dog's diet is appropriate, you may want to check with your veterinarian before introducing any new food to your best friend. Also, pay attention to your buddy's weight, since extra pounds can be dangerous for your dog's joint health.

It is very important to remember to take care of his teeth: brush them a few times a week, and let him play with toys designed to clean dog's teeth.

Another vital thing to focus on at this stage of your dog's life are regular vet visits. The doctor will instruct you how often you should come for a check up, and will recommend a treatment, if needed.

Show Him Some Love

One more thing: do not get upset, when you pet has an "accident" at home! He may become more awkward, and doesn't do it on purpose. Make sure to show him kindness and love - that is the time when you can repay him for all of the unconditional love he showered you with his entire life.

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And Now - Just For Fun - Some Dog Facts:

Did you know?

  • Dogs have feelings, too! Canines show agitated behavior when they see other dogs getting treats, while they are left in the dust. Yes, ma'am - it's called jealousy!
  • In ancient China, people used to keep warm by putting dogs up their sleeves. Hahaha, I love this one!
  • According to legend, the dog rescued on Noah's Ark was the Afghan Hound.
  • Fifty-eight percent of dog owners include their dogs in their annual holiday photos - I know I do!

To read more interesting and fun facts about man's best friend's go to: http://animal.discovery.com/pets/dog-facts.htm

© 2013 Aga

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      JoLynn Potocki 3 years ago from Toledo, OH

      Well thought out and great article for an aging pooch. I especially liked your last reminder about "accidents" - they do happen with older dogs like you mentioned and I've witnessed incidents of people taking a senior furry family member to a shelter because of that issue. Very sad when that happens because for most people it's not hard to take your dog out more often or arrange for it to happen if you're not there. You made a commitment to your dog when he became a member of your family.

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Animals are great aren't they? I suppose thry're just the same as looking after a child. A very informative Hubbette, and your hound is cute - I hope he continues to give you years of joy and happiness.

      Have a lovely weekend,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Romeos - thanks again. My dog is a small breed, so I hope he keeps me company for a very long time. And yes, he is the cutest :-)

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      Aga 3 years ago

      3mart, I couldn't agree with you more. I love how you out it :"You made a commitment to your dog when he became a member of your family." A lot of people tend to forget about it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information my friend. We have a big old lab that probably won't make it another year, and your hub is a great reminder of how to treat her as her time shortens. Thank you!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      No, thank you, dear Bill! It is so sad when you have to say our goodbyes, but let's make your friend's last year full of love and happiness!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Monis Mas,

      Like billybuc we have a lab we estimate (as a rescue dog) to be 4-5 years and as I have had labs before I know they are prone to suffer with arthritis as they age. Thanks for some great tips to look after our four legged buddies in their old age.

      up, useful, interesting, shared.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing my hub Suzie HQ! My dog is still pretty young, but I from time to time I think about him getting older... I overthink everything!

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      Benjamin Chege 3 years ago

      Hi Monis Mas. Lovely hub. Voted up, awesome and beautiful. I agree with you that dog have feelings and deserve to be treated with love. Even when he gets old, the love should be for better for worse just like marriage. Nice read.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you so much dear Benjamin Chege!

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      Benjamin Chege 3 years ago

      You're welcome Monis Mas. Feels great to learn new things from you.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I just love older dogs. I have one of my own that was rescued from an abandoned yard. She is still full of life and I'm so proud of how she overcame all that she went through and still trusted us from day 1.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Rescuing is an amazing thing - it shows how great of a person you are!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub which will benefit so many dog owner out there.

      Voted up and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for stopping by Eddy! Have a lovely week!

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I love dogs and this hub is very helpful. I have two dogs right now but they are still young. When I was a child, I had a dog that died of old age. Our whole family cried when it died. Great hub!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind words, and a very thoughtful comment. I know how loosing a per can be absolutely heartbreaking. I went through it several times, you can never be ready for something like this.

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Monis, although I know longer have my Beautiful dog "Brady"...He was a Belgium Shepard who lived to be 12ish...However my younger son, took care of his Golden Lab, from puppyhood, to sadly the end, many years later of lung cancer. He now has two, Black Labs.

      Thanks for sharing a knowledgeable Hub for all us Dog Lovers. A Vote of UP to you.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you so much b.Malin! I am a huuuge dog lover - I can't help it :-)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How To Care For Aging Dogs is such an interesting hub with helpful suggestions.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by DDE!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful tips. I have a 4 year old dog and this will come in handy when he ages. thanks for sharing.

      voted up and useful.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you very much rajan jolly! My doggie is 9, but a small breed, so hopefully he will be around for a very, very long time yet.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great tips and reminders. My little guy is ten, and I dread the day that he passes on. I've noticed that he feels sore sometimes (won't jump up), and he can't take walks as far without tiring, but I hope he still has many more years.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Victoria Lynn, my doggie is 9, and I feel the same way: I hope he has another 9 years ahead of him. And I still treat him as a puppy :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Aga, Chase is beautiful and it's obvious you take good care of him. I have several elderly cats (all former strays) and show them love and compassion and good medical care, as they have shown me companionship for years.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      You are such a goof person! I love it!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for creating this hub and for sharing the lovely photos. I wish dogs had a longer lifespan. Your tips for keeping an older dog happy are very important.

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      Aga 2 years ago

      Thank you very much AliciaC! I wish the same thing. I just hope my puppy still has many happy years ahead of him.

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