Spring has sprung! While we don’t get as many seasonal weather changes as our friends and neighbors up north do, the change in temperature is definitely noticeable. As it starts to get hotter, you’ll want to pay extra attention to your canine pal, particularly if Fido is a senior. A local Rockwall, TX veterinarian offers some advice on spring care for senior pets in this article.
Don’t Overdo It
Fido won’t have as much stamina as he used to, and may not be up to those strenuous hikes he loved when he was a puppy. Take care not to overexert him. One thing to keep in mind here is that if your pooch spends most of his time in his doggy bed, dreaming of squirrels, his muscles will weaken. That will not only make him tire out more easily, it can also increase his risk of certain injuries, such as CCL injuries. Slow and steady is your best bet. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.
Your canine buddy may not hear or see as well as he used to. That can also put him at risk. Keep Fido on his leash, except when he is in fenced areas. Don’t forget that rattlesnakes tend to be very active at this time of year. Don’t let your pooch sniff around potential snake hideouts, such as rotten logs or brush piles.
Do you have a pool? Make sure there’s a gate or fence up to block it off when it isn’t in use. Even dogs that can swim well can get into serious danger if they fall in by accident. Fido may also panic and forget how to get out.
Older dogs are more sensitive to weather extremes than their younger counterparts. Fido will overheat quickly when it’s hot out. Make sure he always has fresh water! Some pups will be more comfortable with summer cuts. It may be time to schedule a trim. Your canine companion may also appreciate a cooling mat or pad.
Does your furry buddy love going to parks? Consider getting pet ramps or stairs to help him in and out of the car. Even if you don’t think he needs it, it’s best to play it safe.
Do you have questions or concerns about your senior dog’s care? Contact us, your Rockwall, TX animal clinic!