Your beloved canine pet does not stay young forever. Even if you want to prolong their life the inevitable is still destined to come. Every living thing is subject to that law of nature. But given that fact, if you would be allowed to choose how it will end of course you will opt for the easy and less painful. Before anything leads to that or any thing worse goes out of hand the process of aging should be given proper attention. Aging dogs needs lots of care and attention. When your pet ages it gets prone to various sicknesses and illnesses and this can be due to lack of proper nourishment or the natural aging process of the body which makes senior dogs lose their appetite and become less active towards interaction and socialization.
Some illness can be attributable to old age but most of it came from the dog's diet and activities when it was still young. As the owner you can't do anything with those caused by old age but you can act and fight those diseases that may attack your pet. If you would take good care of your pet the threats of diseases can at least be lessened or even eliminated. It has a very big difference when your pet is healthy than just lying around all day suffering the pain. You could have been enjoying long walks along the beach, a bit of nature trekking, or even fishing.
See to it that as a responsible owner you make the last days of your pup memorable. By providing proper dog care means that you give quality dog food something that is appropriate for its age. If possible choose a natural homemade dog food because it does not contain preservatives and harmful substances. Allow your dog to have lots of exercise if it's still young especially if it has a big built and active nature. Having a small dog on the other hand doesn't mean that it does not need exercise. It still does but running inside and outside your house is sufficient enough.
However take note that you can only lessen or hamper effects of old age. Your pet can never get away with the common ailments of old age. The two of these has something to do with its sense of hearing and seeing. Senior dogs are prone to losing their hearing sense which can sometimes lead to deafness. When you notice that your senior dog is no longer responding to your call and it seems slow to reacting that might be a sign of deafness. You just have to adapt to the situation by using signs to catch your senior dog's attention.
You don't need to yell or shout when you can make use of a flashlight when calling your pet at night. Even during the day your pet can recognize it. If it has vision problems, called nuclear sclerosis try to dog-proof your house. Make sure that the area would be clear so that it won't bump at things. You also need to bring your pet to the veterinarian when it is suffering from these conditions so proper treatment can be administered. Do not try curing your pup by yourself. Their conditions are something that shouldn't be ignored and they need proper medications.
Your part is the critical one. Make sure that all golden moments left are the best for your senior dog.
The author of this article Alex De La Cruz is a Dog Trainer who has been successful with several dog training courses for many years. Alex decided to share his knowledge and tips through his website http://www.doggyweb.info . You can sign up for his free newsletter and enjoy a healthy and submissive dog.