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Chihuahuas’ Golden Years: Caring for a Senior Dog

Senior Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas, like all dog breeds, live a full and happy life if cared for properly. With the appropriate amount of love, affection, care, and discipline, you will have a life companion that makes your days better.

Unfortunately, an adored pet never seems to live long enough. Each breed has different life spans, but none of them are enough for humans to cherish. According to Pet M.D., smaller dogs like Chihuahuas live over 15–16 years, whereas medium and large-sized dogs typically 10 to 13 years. Some giant dog breeds like Mastiffs often only make it to 7 to 8 years.

To properly understand his condition, take into consideration his age in human years. If he is 13 in dog years, he may suffer the same aging ailments as a 75-year-old human. But here’s how you can help.

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Chihuahuas, Mastiffs and Others’ Care

While taking care of your aging dog, you need to adapt to his environment to ensure maximum comfort. As dogs get older, they develop aches, joint pain, generalized weakness, and an increase in medical problems.

First, you must protect him from excessive heat and cold. Older dogs are unable to regulate body temperature as well as younger dogs. You should also try to give your dog regular exercise. If your dog heavy pants or opposes exercise, you need to change his routine.

Older dogs can also experience hearing loss and declining eyesight. Make sure to have frequent checks so you can accommodate his safety.

Another important hallmark is to adapt his diet and feeding schedule to his needs. As dogs age, they are less active and need fewer calories. Prescription diets are often the best way to go about, so discuss them with your vet.

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Dental Health, Grooming and Hygiene

The base point is that senior dogs require special dental care. They are more likely to develop gum problems and disease. That’s why your vet should perform a complete dental cleaning every six months (don’t worry, no anesthesia is required).

Moreover, older dogs need extra bathing and grooming. This is mostly due to dry skin, which can be a normal part of aging or a sign of an underlying medical condition. They also require more frequent nail trimming, so hop on those DIY YouTube videos or hire a groomer.

Most importantly, you should ensure a bi-annual vet exam schedule. Senior dogs need extra care with their aging problems, so the vet needs to identify them beforehand. You should also ensure that complete bloodwork is performed, so you’re ahead of any potential health concern.

As long as you give your pup’s life quality and keep those memories alive, you can rest knowing that you did a good job.

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