Caring for Senior Dogs: Golden Retriever Edition

Golden Retrievers are lovable pups that make great additions to any family.  While in their younger years they are the pinnacle of pet perfection,  giving loyalty, companionship and joy. However, as they age these golden pals suffer from a variety of health issues that can affect their quality of life and your enjoyment of their company. Aging is hard for any pet and their pet parent, but it is unavoidable.

Below are some heath tips for your Golden Retriever that will help to keep them healthy and happy in their senior years:

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  1. A Golden Retriever is considered to be a senior dog around age 8. It may seem that your friendly canine acts the same as they did when they were young, but that is not the case. Keep your pet healthy by visiting your veterinarian twice a year. Your pet’s veterinarian can check up on potential internal issues that pet parents may be unable to notice.
  2. Larger dog breeds, like Golden Retrievers, are predisposed to joint problems. When they are young, our four-legged golden friends are most at risk for joint problems like hip or elbow dysplasia. As these dogs age make sure to watch out for symptoms of joint wear and tear such as limping, bunny hopping, or front limb lameness. If your pet exhibiting any of these symptoms you can use  DGP to help alleviate joint discomfort.
  3. Regularly brushing your Golden Retriever can help keep track of any lumps and bumps that shouldn’t be there. Brushing will not only help monitor and maintain your canine companion’s skin, but it also acts as a massage. Those same stiff muscles that humans sometimes feel, happen to our older pets as well. A quick brushing may relieve some of the pressure. Make sure to brush them gently because their skin is more sensitive as they get older.
  4. Bathing your golden oldie when necessary will keep them clean and healthy. Remember if your dog is experiencing mobility issues, it may be time to take them to a groomer where they won’t have to climb in and out of the tub.

Remember to make your senior pet’s golden years as comfortable as possible by providing them with the best care available.

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