Is your canine buddy a four-legged, barking retiree? Fido is cute at every stage of his life, but he’s particularly adorable as a senior. However, you’ll need to adjust his care needs a bit as he goes through the different stages of his life. Read on for some summertime care tips from a local FM 1960 North, TX veterinarian.
The most important thing is going to be keeping your pooch properly hydrated. Set out additional water stations, and stay on top of keeping them clean and full. Automated waterers aren’t a bad idea, especially if you leave Fido home alone while you’re at work, and/or have a large dog who drains his bowl in one gulp. Bring water with you any time you take your canine pal off your property.
Don’t overlook those furry feet! Fido can easily get burns and blisters from scorching hot asphalt. His paws will be extra delicate after he’s gone swimming, so keep him on grass after he’s been splashing around. Paw balm or wax will help protect those cute toe beans. (Fun Fact: Dogs’ paw pads actually look kind of like koala bears when viewed upside down.)
Fido will still need regular exercise to stay healthy. However, he’ll get hot and tired very quickly during the hottest part of the day. Walk and play with your canine companion in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out. If you have to take him out at midday, keep those excursions short and sweet.
Swimming can be great exercise for senior dogs. The water will support your four-legged friend’s weight, which makes it much easier on his bones and joints. Of course, this is only going to be a suitable option for pooches that enjoy swimming and can do so safely. Wading and/or splashing in a kiddie pool are better alternatives for pups that aren’t good in the water.
Fido will never outgrow his love of treats. Get that cute tail going by offering your furry pal some doggy ice cream. You can also give your pooch some frozen sodium-free broth cubes. Or, make him a pupsicle by freezing a treat or chew stick in water or broth, using a small Dixie cup.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your FM 1960 North, TX pet hospital, today!