Puppy aging guidelines - What you need to know about interacting with your pooch as he ages!

Puppy aging guidelines - What you need to know about interacting with your pooch as he ages! Puppy aging guidelines should help with interacting with your pooch. The older your baby gets, the more you need to pay attention to his cues and reactions. A dog that is 8 years old is not the same as a puppy that is 8 years old. Know your dog. Your baby may show cues that are familiar to you, but unless you know what he is talking about, you're going to be confused! Middle age for a dog is between 5 to 9 years of age. Middle age is not a disease, but rather a step in the evolution of your dog. ekerapper gathering more energy Many older dogs start to gather more energy as they age. This is a natural consequence of keeping energetic for longer. If you allow your dog to gather excess energy it will be difficult to bring him back to his normal energy level. If you take your dog out more, or you make extra trips for him to � constipated, unhealthy bowel, then your dog should be stronger, healthier and able to fend off disease and illness. Like us, older dogs may start to drink more. Observe your water consumption. If your older dog is drinking excessive amounts of water all the time, then you might help by feeding him smaller amounts or perhaps water recipes designed for older dogs. Another thing you may want to consider is upgrade your water supply. Don't throw out your normal water supply, instead buy a water filtration system for your pet. For those of you who feed dry food to your lovely dogs, you'll want to be updated on the effects of changing your dry food to a moist or canned food. Canned foods are healthier and beneficial to senior dogs as they have a lower calorie count. Now that I have mended on the effects of changing your dog's food, let's get him up and going! Raisins, grapes, onions, garlic and chocolate are toxins to dogs. If you find that your dog has ingested any of these, consult your veterinarian without delay. Be advised that if youzer be fatal, it could have adverse affects to your dog's health. If your dog requires medication, speak to your veterinarian. Older dogs can gain weight, you have to keep track on how much they gain. Keep track of your dog's weight at various stages of his life. This can help you ensure that you give them adequate feed and keep them weight within an optimum range. Get a feel for your dog's stools. Again, check for size and consistency. The smaller, fluffier stools are fine. The hard, dry stools indicate that your dog may be suffering from constipation. If your dog has had a surgery, a constipation could be a hindrance to his recovery. Something to consider: athletic or rapid drinking usually indicates an unhealthy dog. If your dog is drinking unusually large amounts of water, your dog is probably dehydrated. While a normal healthy dog may stop drinking his normal level, if the normal isn't there, you should check with your veterinarian. Your dog may not see the 'eking' sound when you call to him. This is his way of trying to get his way. After a while, a hard cough orgyous mouth, glazed eyes and dehydration, should be a warning sign to you that something is a miss. If you think your dog is deaf, you should make every effort to learn your dog's sign language. It takes only a short amount of time. Call your dog, have him sit and shake your hand. Your dog's response will be almost immediate. If your dog is hearing, say 'come' in a high-pitched voice while moving towards him. Your dog will look in your direction. C'mon, get the love, you'll both feel better. The amount of carbohydrates in the diet is essential for keeping your dog's coat fluffy and shiny. Too many carbohydrates in the diet will set the stage for weight gain, which can lead to obesity. Cook your dog's meals twice a day, and provide him with a selection of treats at mealtimes. The amount of fat that you feed your dog is dependent on his age and physical condition. A dog under 20 pounds is not a concern. Too much fat has a negative effect on a dog, having a negative effect on his hormone balance, causing alkaline blood titers. Puppies and senior dogs require a different ratio of fat and protein and therefore a different volume of food. Diabetic dogs require less, and this is the recommended range. Older dogs with heart disease usually have high blood pressure and need a low to medium food ratio. The way you determine the amount that your dog should have is entirely at your discretion.