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Time passes inevitably and your once bouncing, nipping little puppy is now an old dog. You’re starting to notice that your faithful companion is not so nimble on his feet and wants to lean against your leg more often than not. It can be a struggle to accept that your furry bestie is growing old. Some breeds of dog age more quickly than others, with larger breeds aging the fastest.

It’s important to recognize the signs of aging and take measures to keep him happy and healthy. Here are some tips for caring for an older dog.

Keep Him Moving!

Even though he doesn’t dash around madly any longer, your dog needs exercise to keep healthy physically and mentally. You will probably want to aim for shorter and slower walks. Stop and sit if he gets tired.

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Stick To Routines

Dogs thrive on routines and they become even more important as they age. Keep meals and bedtimes regular. If your dog’s eyesight is weakening, avoid changing your furniture around and buy a night light.

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Review His Diet

Older dogs have different nutritional needs. Ensuring he has a good quality, specially-formulated  diet can keep him healthy and active. Keep an eye on his weight to avoid more stress on his joints and organs.

Go For Check-Ups

A proactive approach to your older doggie’s health is best. Visit the vet regularly and especially if you notice any changes in behavior, disinterest in food or disorientation.

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Groom Carefully

Older dogs tend to develop small lumps and bumps. Feel all over his body when you groom him and monitor the size and condition of the bumps.  If they ooze, grow rapidly or change shape, be sure to see your vet. Keep him cozy and discourage him from sleeping on cold surfaces and jumping into water. He can’t recover as quickly from the cold.

Above all else, love him up!