Senior Care Guide

Just as the transition from puppy to adult can seem gradual, so too can the transition from adult to senior dog. Most dogs are considered senior by the age of seven. There are plenty of ways to make sure your dog’s golden years are comfortable and happy.

Caring for Your Senior Dog

Senior dogs are prone to a range of illnesses, from dental and heart disease to arthritis and cancer. Some of these conditions are preventable with proper care and semi-annual visits to the veterinarian. Early detection and treatment can make a difference. Turn to the CareCredit credit card to help manage the financial burden of additional veterinarian visits, including procedures and surgeries that are often part of caring for a senior dog.


Staying active and social is important to a senior dog’s emotional and physical well-being. A moderate daily exercise routine can help him maintain a healthy weight, delay osteoarthritic degeneration of joints, and keep his mind engaged. Stick with low-impact exercise like walking, swimming, and dog yoga (yep, it’s a thing!). Ask your veterinarian for recommendations and share any changes you may notice as they might not be age-related and could help detect or treat a problem.

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Senior Nutrition

It’s important to reassess your dog’s diet as he ages and his metabolism and activity level decreases. Talk to your veterinarian about when to switch to a food that specifically caters to the nutritional needs of elderly dogs. These foods tend to have less protein and sodium, as well as fewer calories. Diet is also a good way to manage many age-related health issues like diabetes and arthritis.

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