Caring For An Aging Australian Shepherd

Have you been wracking your brain all these while on how we take care of our dogs and make them live longer. You may have already come up with many ideas, but have you been trying to find out if these are actually reliable and can be implemented in your case. Well, we think we can provide some useful information concerning this issue.

You might have thought that the only way to care for dogs is by taking them to the vet every year for checkups like vaccinations and the like of course. However, in this article, we will provide you with some tips on how you can take care of your dog and make sure that it lives a longer life. 

Your dog will live a longer life if you care for him well enough. The more attention that you pay to him, the healthier he will be, as well as the happier he will be too since he is not being neglected or mistreated.

More Frequent Check-ups from your Australian Shepherd’s Vet

A pet owner should get his pet checked from the Vet once a year at minimum. The vet will provide you with a checklist of things that your pet might need so that you can arrange for it, and check for things you may want to correct. This way, your veterinarian will be able to provide you with good suggestions as to how to improve your pets’ health and well-being. With this knowledge, they can also recommend preventative care so that your dog will not have to be seen again in 2 or 3 years time.

Yearly Blood Work

Blood work is a very important thing to do once in a while. It is important to know if your pet has any diseases, whether he could be having anemia and other illnesses, as well as any extra care that he may need. It’s also a good idea to check your pet every year for any diseases that could be breaking through at any time.

Pets that come from shelters may be a little on the older side and may require more attention; however, with some specially selected products and activities, your Australian Shepherd can stay healthy.

What are some of the things you can do for your Aussie at home between vet visits?

You can feed your dog a proper diet, which will in turn keep your pet healthy and prevent any illnesses at the same time. You should always make sure that you provide the appropriate amount of food for your pet’s size as well.

Playing with your pet is a great way to bond with them and pass on some love with all of the exercise that you will be getting from them. However, it is very important that you never over-exert them or else they may get too much exercise on a regular basis, and this could lead to problems in their body like arthritis.

Toys are great because they allow you to get some playing time when there really isn’t much else that you can do. These toys should be safe, so that if anything goes wrong (i.e., your dog breaks it), then it won’t cause a lot of damage to them or any other objects in the house. It’s also important to put safety locks

Recommended Dental Cleanings

It is extremely important that you provide your pup with a good diet that includes everything from food, to treats, and supplements. This will promote healthier teeth, gums, and bones for your dogs. Toothbrush and toothpaste are also important things to keep around the house so that you can keep your pets teeth clean at all times. Food for your dog’s teeth should be a high quality brand and of course, you should make sure that the food does not include any human foods.

What is osteoarthritis in Aging Australian Shepherds?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that is caused by aging and can eventually result in pain and discomfort. It is estimated that older dogs will suffer from this condition today in the United States. Orthopedic surgeons offer treatments such as arthroscopic surgery, craniotomy, steroid injections, and surgery. In addition, many Australian Shepherd owners either choose to or are pressured to undergo standard orthopedic surgery for their dog’s degenerative joint disease. In this procedure, the surgeon will make incisions into the affected joint in order to remove bone spurs or bony growths on the surface of a dog’s bone. The surgeon then replaces the removed bone with synthetic material and stitches things up with surgical thread. Generally, surgery is the least effective of all treatments.

Always be mindful of where your Aging Aussie is playing (and how) 

Playtime is important to the mental and physical health of any dog. Exercise is essential to the temperament of your dog, whether it’s a puppy or an adult Aussie. Unfortunately, this includes playing with other dogs as well as climbing trees, jumping off ledges and other surfaces that they may not be used to. Older dogs can become injured due to falls or from playing with other dogs that are not up to their physical abilities.

Fit vs. Fat Aussie’s:

The question of whether to lose weight and get fit or maintain a healthy weight for a dog is not always an easy one to answer. What is needed is practical information, coupled with the owner’s perception of what their dog looks like. Unless you are clinically overweight or obese, it’s not recommended that you try and lose weight while your Aussie has arthritis. If your Aussie sheds a lot, try to put her on a diet that helps decrease her appetite so she will feel she can shed some calories without eating too much. Obesity itself can lead to chronic conditions such as heart disease and arthritis (it contributes more than anything else).

Overweight Diagnosis

If you weigh more than the recommended amount based on your height, you should see your veterinarian for a weight check up. This is especially important if your Aussie has arthritis. Overweight individuals are more prone to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Arthritis is a very common cause of chronic pain for dogs.

Diet

The main thing to remember about the diet of an Aussie is to not overfeed. Many pet owners feed too much of their dogs food because they feel sorry for them as they become older and/or disabled. Even though this may be the case, it’s important to have a goal in mind that can be measured by your veterinarian. This can include measuring the food you feed your pet by weighing it and taking an average of it.

At last, I hope these tips would help you in taking care of your aging Australian Shepherd.

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