The Aging Greyhound
Aging for greyhounds, as for humans, is an inevitable reality of life. Physical symptoms that the aging greyhound experiences are similar to those in humans; like arthritis, stiff joints, low energy, general weakness and a weakness in the immune system that can lead to various health issues. At this stage of their lives they will need a little more attention and care. You will need to monitor them a little more closely and keep an eye out for any changes in bodily functions that indicate weakness or disease. An aging greyhound will want to sleep longer and will be more sensitive to cold. They also require calm exercise rather than full out running or rough play.
Pay close attention to your aging greyhound's teeth, as this is genetically an area of weakness and they could be experiencing dental pain and/or problems. This is often one of the first areas to show signs of decline. This is why it is very important to address the issue of dental care early on in the over all health care of your dog. If decay has set in, dental surgery can be done to remove the affected teeth but this is a last resort. Surgery for greyhounds is a little more risky in light of their unique metabolisms and especially for the older Greyhound.
An aging Greyhound will want to eat less and will require a type of food more suited to the physiologically of an older dog. Food can be purchased for the senior dog that is more agreeable to their slower metabolism. Many senior dog foods contain glucosamine sulphate to help elevate the discomfort of arthritic joints; glucosamine supplements or powder can also be purchased and can be added to the food. Glucosamine sulfate products can be purchased at Only Natural Pet Store.
Watching your beloved dog get older is hard but it is the natural process of life. If you have a senior Greyhound you can find comfort in the fact that you took the best possible care of your friend, allowing them to reach a ripe old age.
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