My dog is old -- I can't even remember the year we first got her! Now that she's a senior, should we change the way we care for her?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
There are several steps you can take to help ensure that your senior dog continues to enjoy a happy, healthy life. The first is to have your veterinarian perform blood and urine panels on an annual basis. You should also schedule thorough physical examinations annually, or even twice yearly, in addition to any other necessary visits.
Provide your dog with fresh, filtered water, if possible. Older dogs seem to be more sensitive to additives, such as chlorine, in tap water. Feed a high-quality diet made for senior dogs and provide tartar reducing chew treats and biscuits. Dental care at this stage is critical, so either take care of this task yourself on a regular basis or arrange for your dog to have annual or biannual dental cleanings at your veterinarian's office.