Monthly Archives: November 2016
National Senior Pet Month – caring for your older dog
Who doesn’t wish for a long and healthy life for their dog into old age, but as they get older, they do need extra special care and attention. A dog is considered to be “senior” when they reach around 7-8 years old and it’s at this time that their everyday needs and lifestyle will change. You will notice that your dog becomes less active and there may be a change in their behaviour. As a pet owner, it’s sometimes quite difficult to spot the difference between the early warning signs of illness or disease, and the normal signs of ageing.
Higher risk conditions
As your dog becomes older, he may have a higher risk of developing illness such as:
Does your dog love this chilly winter weather or is he happiest snuggled up in his dog bed with a fluffy blanket? Whichever he prefers, you need to be prepared for when you both do venture outside into the frosty and snowy elements. Just because your pet has a thick coat of fur, doesn’t mean that he won’t feel the effects of this cold weather. Dogs can feel these low temperatures so take some extra precautions to ensure that your dog doesn’t suffer from these extreme climate conditions.
Dangers in the cold – Frostbite
Even though he has a fur coat, your dog can still suffer from frostbite. The extremities like tail, paws and ear tips are most susceptible and can occur when the wind chill and temperature drop to below zero degrees. Symptoms of frostbite may not be immediately visible but may develop over several days after the exposure. Look out for any of the following symptoms, and of course seek immediate veterinary help and advice.
- A colour change of the skin with a blue or grey tinge
- The skin is cold or feels brittle
- Swelling or pain
- Ulcers or blisters on the affected skin
- Dead or blackened skin