Blog Questions to Vet for Senior Dogs
The older your dog gets, the more cautious you have to be. Taking your senior dog to the vet isn’t about the annuals anymore but it goes further than that. Here are a series of recommended questions to ask:
How’s My Dog’s Weight?
Weight is certainly a factor for all ages and can be asked every time you go to the vet, young or old. A fluctuation in weight gain or weight loss can be a symptom of Cushing’s disease or bladder stones among many other life-threatening illnesses. Dogs can lose or gain weight unrelated to a disease. This kind of weight loss/gain can affect a dog’s cardiovascular health.
Does My Dog Need a Supplement? What’s Recommended?
A lot of older dogs have issues with their joints, eyes, weight, eating, hearing, etc. Asking your vet which supplement they recommend to help your dog will help you save time. Your vet will also have a better understanding on what your dog needs to feel comfortable. After finding out the recommended supplement, ask your vet where to find it. Your vet should have an idea of what pet stores sell, but chances are good they will have the supplement at their office. Talk about convenient.
How’s the Food I’m Feeding Him?”
There’s plenty of food for senior dogs, but that doesn’t always mean its’ the best suited for the dog. Tell your vet the brand of dog food you are using and see what they say. The vet may tell you it’s not sufficient for your dog, in which case you would get the appropriate recommendations to ensure your dog is suited with the best option.
How are My Dog’s Teeth?
Periodontal disease is very prevalent in senior dogs. This makes it vital to prepare and maintain your dog’s teeth. Discuss with your vet all the measures that can be taken to prevent periodontal disease.
How are My Dog’s Ears?
Ear Infections are also very prevalent. When your vet is checking your dogs ears ask what you can do to help maintain them to prevent an ear infection. Have your vet also check the dog’s hearing to ensure the strength of it.