First let me share with you the benefits of the amazing dachshund because that is what I know- they are stubborn, loud barker for such small dogs, they will burrow under everything, difficult to house train, and budding well diggers- okay those are the bad things. But even still with all that they are fantastic pets. We have two and they are seriously the best breed of dog either of us has ever owned- they are fiercely loyal, sweet. loving, smart, funny, and when we look in their eyes we can tangibly see and feel their love. Don’t tell me dogs can’t feel love, I won’t even believe you. No matter what the breed as dogs get older their needs change and it is important to make sure your dog gets what they need so they can be happy and healthy for a long time.
This post is sponsored by Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network. I am being compensated for helping enrich the lives of senior dogs, but A Sip of Southern Sunshine only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND is not responsible for the content of this article.
1. Vet Visits- Your dog may require more than just yearly check ups as they age. Continue to have your pet checked out yearly but keep a close eye on their eating habits, look for stiff joints, lethargy, unusual lumps, dental health, etc… Research your dogs breed and be sure to watch for signs of common ailments.
2. Love- Your senior dog need just as much love and care as cute playful puppies. A fluffy bed, fun and interesting toys, lots of snuggles- all very important to make sure your senior dog still knows how loved they are.
3. Exercise- Don’t think just because your dog is getting old that they no longer require exercise. While they may be reluctant to climb out of bed to take a walk or run in the yard (as is the case with my 9 year old doxie) they still need some daily exercise- PetSmart is a great place to pick up new toys for exercise!
4. Dental Care- This is always important but even more so as they age. Dental problems can be very painful for your dog and lead to even more serious health conditions. Start a routine of brushing at home if you have not already as well as having their teeth checked and cleaned regularly by your veterinarian.
5. Food Change- When your dog reaches 7 years old they are considered a senior and their nutrition needs change up a bit. I got the chance to try out Purina Pro Plan® BRIGHT MIND Adult 7+® this past month on my senior girls and observe their behavior. I have noticed a decline in activity, interaction, and eating habits especially in my older doxie and was anxious to try it out to see if there was a difference. When introducing a new dry food to your it is important to spread it out over 7-10 days, the back of the package on my Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind gave me a formula for this-so helpful! Around age 7 the glucose in yoru dogs brain begins to change- this can affect memory, attention, and learning. Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ includes enhanced botanical oils shown to promote alertness, attention, memorability, and mental sharpness. Check out BrightMindAffect.com for more information on the ingredients and benefits that it offers.
After feeding Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind to my dogs over the course of the last month I have to agree that it seems to have given them a renewed energy- I can definitely see heightened interaction and playfulness giving me glimpses of the puppies they once were. There also seems to be a sharpness coming back into their eyes that seemed to be waning- I am very pleased and will be keeping my dogs on this formula long after this month is up.
You can find Purina Pro Plan at PetSmart, I challenge you to check it out and give it a chance for your senior dog!
This post is sponsored by Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network. I am being compensated for helping enrich the lives of senior dogs, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND is not responsible for the content of this article.