As your dog grows older, routine health maintenance tasks become more important and must be done more frequently. For example, senior pooches tend to need more baths than younger ones, because their skin’s natural oils and resistance to bacteria aren’t as efficient. Nails need trimming more often because the dogs are less active and thus don’t file them down as they walk or run. A life-time of wear and tear leaves teeth and gums more vulnerable. The incidence of many ailments ranging from tumors to diabetes increases with age.
There are also emotional changes. Some pooches might become quiet and withdrawn; others might grow more dependent and clingy.
Allot more time to a senior pooch. Extra TLC boosts morale and helps ease aches and pains. Also, your diligent care and watchfulness can mean early detection of many maladies, thus bringing more successful treatment and better health for your best friend.
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