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Taking Care Of An Adult Dog

My dog being boredWhether you recently adopted a senior dog or you’ve had him or her since it was a puppy, keeping your dog happy and healthy for as long as possible is the ultimate goal.

Here are five simple tips for taking care of an adult dog:

Annual exams

Between the ages one and seven, your dog will probably only need to visit the veterinarian once. Cancer, diabetes and organ deterioration are all heath problems that can occur in older dogs. For this reason, it’s important to have an annual exam.During the exam, the vet will likely administer a routine check-up, administer vaccine boosters and check your dog’s dental health. A complete blood screening and urinalysis are also important to keep your senior pet health.

Exercise, exercise, exercise

Increased sleeping is not uncommon with adult dogs. However, their bodies are built for running and outdoor exercise. Like humans, exercise keeps muscles toned and minds clear. And nothing will keep a dog healthier longer than getting a sufficient amount of exercise. Whether it’s walking or playing Frisbee, you will find that exercise will keep your dog active and ultimately be better behaved.

Healthy diet

One of the most important decisions you can make, in regards to the daily care of your dog, is the food you will feed it. While you’re budget may not allow for expensive, all-organic kibble, always avoid low-cost foods. Feeding your dog the appropriate amount of nutritious food and in the right quantity is also important to maintaining good health. If your dog is gaining weight, speak with your vet about the appropriate quantity. Weight gain can lead to heart disease. Serving your dog healthy food will also give him or her a healthy coat, which can help reduce shedding.

Brush their teeth

Maintaining good dental health is not only important to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but also for your dog’s general health. Certain gum infections can spread to the sinus cavities, kidneys or even the heart. While deep cleaning is the veterinarian’s responsibility, you are responsible for the day-to-day cleaning. At the pet store you can find toothpaste and toothbrushes made especially for dogs. Feeding your dog hard food will also help keep his or her teeth and gums in good condition.

Flea and tick medication

Preventing fleas and ticks from infesting your pet is easier and less expensive than treating a flea or tick problem. Consult with your vet on the best topical solutions for your dog based on the environment and the season. Also, keep an eye out for ear mites and signs that worms are in your dog’s digestive tract. If you think your dog may be infested, contact your vet immediately.

The best thing you can do for your dog is to continue to love and care for your old dog just as you did when it was young. They may be easy to forget as they tend to sleep through the day, but much like us their minds are still young. Make a effort to keep your companion engaged in life, interacting with the family and world around them, and loving life every step of the way!

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Jessica McNeal is a freelance writer and animal lover. Jessica recently purchased new dog tags from Ketchum Mfg. for her two beloved golden retrievers. Now her dogs are safe and accounted for.