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14 July 2009

Taking care of your older dog

Thanks to good nutrition and care, pets are living longer than ever before. Here are a few tips on keeping your elderly dog in good shape.

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Thanks to good nutrition and care, pets are living longer than ever before. Here are a few tips on keeping your elderly dog in good shape.

Take action:
Take your pet for regular health check-ups – dogs tend to be more vulnerable to illness when they’re older; change your dog’s diet to one that’s specially formulated for elderly pets; joint problems and hip dysplasia are common in older dogs – observe if your pet walks with a limp and see if he’s experiencing pain when moving; check your dog’s breath – oral disease is common and can lead to other serious conditions in the critical organs such as the heart and kidneys.

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