Top 10 Dog Care Tips for Seniors

Experts agree that there are some dog care tips that make it much easier for seniors and their dogs to enjoy each other for a long time.

Top 10 Dog Care Tips for Seniors

So how do you take great care of your dog while showing them that you love them and want the best for them? Just as human children need boundaries and rules, you need to provide the same for your dog while offering exceptional care and guidance.

Top Dog Care Tips:

The following 10 tips will get you off on the right start whether you have a new dog at home or are trying to take better care of a dog you have loved for years.

1. Get your dog spayed or neutered.

Don’t assume that you will keep your dog in your home or your fenced yard, and therefore, they don’t need to be spayed or neutered. You never know what is going to happen, and you don’t want puppies to deal with in the future. Not fixing your dog can also leave them open to illness and disease later in life, so go ahead and do them a favor while they are young. The only reasons for not getting them fixed would be if you want them to have puppies in the future. However, you must realize that this can shorten a dog’s expected life span and change their personality.  It is always better to have it done and to do it when they are young.

2. Don’t show your love through food.

Yes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but there are far better ways to get into your dog’s heart. Show your love through attention and affection, and keep your dog healthy through adequate servings of highly-nutritious foods. This will help your dog maintain a healthy weight and live a long, energetic life.

3. Resist the urge to share with your pet.

You love your dog and want to share your food and your toys, but what is good for you is not likely to be good for your dog. Make sure there are boundaries and your dog knows that your food is for you, and their food is for them. You may also need to watch that they don’t enjoy eating your yarn as you crochet or playing with other items that could cause them harm if ingested. When it comes to medication, never share with your dog even if you think the vet would give you the same type of medication.

Senior Man and His Dog

4. Provide proper restraints, even if your dog disapproves.

It is important to restrain your dog while in a vehicle and to use a leash when walking your dog outdoors. You should leave a leash on your dog even when they are simply playing in the backyard because you never know what may happen that requires you to gain instant control over them. Dogs may need to get used to restraints, but they are essential to ensuring you can keep them safe outside of the home.

5. Make the vet your friend.

Healthy dogs should see the vet at least once a year for a checkup. Older dogs or those with known medical conditions may need to see the vet at least twice a year or more frequently. These visits are essential to keeping your dog healthy and picking up on new problems at early stages.

6. Protect your dog from fleas, ticks, worms and other afflictions.

It is easy to protect your dog from these pests, especially if you are taking them to the vet on a routine basis. You can give simple medications and topical applications that keep your dog (and your home) free of fleas and ticks. There are medications for worms and other pests that can also make life miserable for your dog.

7. Don’t skip vaccinations.

Your vet will suggest necessary vaccinations as you go in for your dog’s checkups, and it is important that you allow your dog to receive them as recommended. These are the shots that keep your dog from developing diseases known to negatively affect dogs, and some can put your dog’s life in danger. It is far cheaper to prevent disease in dogs than to treat disease in dogs.

8. Training starts the moment your dog enters your home and never stops.

Don’t assume that your dog has learned the basic training commands and is potty trained, therefore, you can forget about training them. You must remain consistent with all training strategies on a daily basis in order to maintain order in your home and keep your dog secure in their routines. You should grow to follow training protocol naturally as it becomes a way of life for you and your dog.

9. Love and attention are better rewards than food.

Obesity is a problem for many dogs, and it often occurs because owners are too liberal with food treats. You should keep those food treats to a minimum and allow your dog to receive love and verbal praise as rewards. They can also earn time with you or more unrestricted time in your home as they start to learn how to become a productive citizen in your home.

10. Every part of your dog needs care.

This includes their teeth, their eyes and their paws. Don’t assume that your dog is well cared for simply because you take them to the groomer and get a pretty bow on their head every now and then. You need to look in your dog’s ears and look over his feet while pulling back his hair to look at his skin. This will help you catch rashes, cuts and other things that your dog cannot tell you is occurring. Remember, care is required for every part of the dog, not just washing for the hair.

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