8 Tips for Keeping a Senior Dog Healthy and Happy!

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Senior dogs make great pets, but they also come with a few unique challenges. Whether you’ve owned your senior pooch since puppyhood or are bringing a new rescue dog into your home, here are some things to start paying extra attention to if your dog is more than 7 years old.

Work With a Good Veterinarian


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Older dogs may develop treatable problems, including arthritis or hearing and vision problems. Find a vet you trust, and consult her if you notice changes in your dog.


Know the Challenges


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Learn about the signs and symptoms of common ailments that older dogs face, since early intervention can minimize the harm and keep your dog comfortable. Your veterinarian is a good starting point for this research.


Practice Preventative Care


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Small problems can have big effects on older dogs. Use a preventative treatments to keep heartworms, fleas and ticks away from your dog, and keep her and her environment healthy with regular grooming and cleaning.


Consider Reduced Vaccinations


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Vaccinations are important, but older dogs may be more at risk for adverse reactions. Talk to your vet about only vaccinating every three years, which reflects updated national guidelines.

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