When you have had your dog from a puppy and watched them grow up, it can be hard to think of them as becoming elderly. When we see our dogs every single day, we often don’t notice the signs that indicate our canine companions are no longer in their prime and their age is beginning to catch up with them.
The good news is that in most cases we are able to have our dogs with us for much longer than our parents and grandparents could ever have dreamed of. As veterinary care, diagnoses and treatment have advanced, dogs are living far longer – in fact over 45% of the UK’s 13 million dogs are officially classed as veterans.
Part of the job of being a dog guardian is to support our dogs through every stage of their lives. We know that with puppies and adolescents – which is when most people put the most effort into their dogs – but sometimes we forget that they need our care just as much, if not more, as they advance in years.