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Autumn Care for Senior Dogs

Is your canine pal going grey around the muzzle? Is Fido officially a furry, four-legged retiree? Your pooch will never stop being adorable, and he’ll always be the same cute, lovable pup as always. However, you will need to take some extra precautions to keep him happy, healthy, and safe in his senior years. You’ll also want to adjust your pet’s care a bit seasonally. Read on as a local London, ON vet lists some autumn care tips for older dogs.

Food

Some dogs will need to eat a bit more in colder weather. Your furry buddy may also benefit from certain vitamins or specific supplements, such as glucosamine and fish oil. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Grooming

Dead fur, dust, and dander can make your pet’s coat uncomfortably itchy. These things also interfere with the insulating properties of Fido’s fur. This can be a real problem in winter. Keep up with Fido’s grooming needs. You may want to take him to the salon before the snow hits.

Clothing

If your canine companion has thin fur, he’ll need a jacket for cold weather. Go through Fido’s wardrobe, and make sure everything is clean, in good condition, and still fits. You may also want to pick him up something new.

Beds

One of the best things you can do for Fido is make sure he has a warm comfy bed. Or two. Or three. (It’s always nice to have choices!) Orthopedic beds are great for older dogs. You may also want to get your pooch a thermal blanket or a heated bed.

Paw Care

Winter’s dry air can be rough on your dog’s paws. Snow, salt, sand, ice, and chemicals can also cause painful burns and abrasions. Stock up on pet-safe de-icing products. You can also use paw balm to moisturize and protect your canine buddy’s feet.

Playtime

Your furry pal may spend more time napping than usual once it starts to get cold and dreary. He may also want to keep his walks short and sweet, especially on frigid days. Don’t let Fido become a complete couch potato. Dogs need regular activity to stay fit! Short play sessions will help keep your faithful pet in shape without overtiring him.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, if ever we can be of assistance. We are dedicated to offering great care!

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