Is my dog ageing too fast?
14 November 2017
Do you suspect your dog is ageing beyond its years? This article gives a little information on what signs to look out for.
Excess weight can negatively impact a dog’s health adding unnecessary pressure on joints which could affect your dog's mobility, immune system and possibly their mental health.
It is recommended to feed your dog two meals a day; once in the morning and once in the evening. Try to avoid topping up the bowl when it’s empty. Natural, healthy treats (grain free, gluten free etc) in between meals can however bolster their system without adding excessive calories.
An unhealthy coat can be an outward sign of internal issues such as:
- Poor nutrition
- Endocrine disease
- Parasites and more.
All these conditions take a toll on your dog’s health. If you notice your dog’s coat feels dry (or oily), take the time to chat with a vet.
If your dog’s mobility has changed, it is important to investigate further. Some breeds such as Alsatians and Boxers are prone to mobility issues in their hips and joints early in life. Recognising when your dog is suffering from joint issues is the first step. Getting daily exercise is a great way to strengthen their muscles as this helps to “divide the load” and take some of the stress off their painful joints, however they may need a helping hand to get moving.
There are a range of dietary supplements to help support your dog’s joints including Artevite - formulated to help maintain normal healthy function, flexibility and mobility in stiff and worn joints.