When your dog starts to display some of the signs of aging, such as sleeping more and playing less, it’s easy to assume these changes are an inevitable part of growing old. But for dogs aged seven and older it is important that they have regular exercise, mental stimulation and specially formulated nutrition to help support some of the physical and cognitive changes that can occur with aging.
Introduce new toys and activities.
For an older dog, a new toy isn’t just fun and exciting – it can also offer your dog mental stimulation and encourage more interaction.
Explore new places.
Whether it’s taking your dog to a new place to play, a dog park or even walking a completely new route, the novel experience of a different location can help provide your dog with mental stimulation.
Meet new dogs.
As long as your dog doesn’t show signs of aggression or anxiety, the chance to interact with other dogs will help keep your dog socially active.
Teach new tricks.
The old cliché isn’t true – you can teach your old dog new tricks. Asking your dog to learn a new command will test his or her brain against a new challenge.
Give time and attention.
Your dog needs just as much care and attention as he or she did as a puppy. When you give the time and care your dog deserves, you can both enjoy the years you have together.
Feed great nutrition.
PRO PLAN® BRIGHT MIND™ Adult 7+ has been specifically designed for dogs aged seven and older. PRO PLAN® BRIGHT MIND™ contains enhanced botanical oils with MCTs, shown to promote mental alertness and sharpness in dogs aged 7+ with visible results in 30 days.
Visit your vet regularly.
Your vet is your best resource for making sure your dog stays healthy. During your dog’s senior years, you may want to consider more frequent appointments for your dog. And, if in doubt, call your vet for advice about any issues or concerns you might have.
Putting these tips to work with your older dog can go a long way to ensuring all of the years together are great ones.