Moderate exercise is good for your senior dog's physical body and spirit! It is important that your senior dog gets fresh air and a moderate walk daily. Don't overdo it! Let your dog monitor the amount of exercise he or she needs. Exercise will help to prevent obesity, improve circulation, keep the heart strong and the joints and ligaments lubricated and tendons flexible. It will also eliminate boredom.
Visit your veterinarian yearly for an examination. Ask your veterinarian to do a nutritional blood test to determine developing weaknesses and imbalances in your dog's immune system. This is especially true in senior dogs as the stresses of life can take their toll on your dog's immune system. Preventive nutrition will go a long way in helping prevent the onset of degenerative diseases.
NEVER leave your dog unattended in a car with the windows closed.
Fleas and ticks are a problem for dogs that are outside. The antioxidants, phytonutrients and veggies found in BLUE with LifeSource® Bits help dogs maintain a healthy immune system.
Ask your veterinarian to perform a titer test to check immunity before automatically giving booster shots. If the antibody level is adequate, don't vaccinate at that visit. Let your veterinarian instruct you when you should return to re-test the antibody levels. Never give more than one vaccine at a time. For example: if your dog requires both rabies and a distemper vaccine, give the distemper and then wait one month before giving the rabies.