Would it surprise you to learn that nearly 80% of the dogs we see at The Caring Vet are considered senior dogs?
This doesn’t surprise us because it’s when a dog is aging that pet parents see various symptoms worthy of concern:
- painful joints;
- loss of appetite, or changing appetite;
- skin allergies;
- food allergies;
- cancer diagnosis;
- decreasing activity; and more.
In other words, an aging pet can cause a loving pet parent to seek out different health options, including the TCVM modalities (acupuncture, food therapy, herbal remedies, tui-na, for example) that we offer here. For anyone — in Long Island or anywhere else in the world — here are a few things to keep in mind about caring for a senior dog:
- Your dog becomes a “senior” — entering his or her golden years — after they turn 6 years old.
- Ideal nutrition becomes even MORE important for your dog’s health in his older years.
- At this point in your dog’s life, we want to give him what I refer to as “the brightest flame with the least burn.” In other words, we want your dog to get the MOST out of life, for the longest period of time possible. You can learn more about this concept in my book, The Best of Both Worlds, which became a best seller on Amazon within 12 hours of being published!)
- As a senior canine, your dog should see the veterinarian no less than twice a year for regular check ups, and once every three months if they’re on chronic therapies like prescription medication.