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Caring for a Senior Pug

Your Pug has gone from puppyhood to adulthood in record breaking time. Pet parents usually are surprised that their adult Pug is considered a senior by the age of nine years old. Your Pug may exhibit his or her playful, sweet personality throughout their lifetime, but it is important to realize that their body is aging and needs specific care. At times older Pugs can begin to exhibit behavioral changes that will begin subtle and increase as time goes forward. Caring for a senior Pug is easy with just a few adjustments and extra special attention.

Geriatric Screenings for Your Pug

Once your Pug reaches what is considered his or her senior years the veterinarian will begin special screenings to help maintain good health. These screenings are conducted during regular checkups so there is no need to make a separate appointment. Geriatric screenings for Pugs include blood tests, hands-on physical exam and specialized tests such as an electrocardiogram.

Exercise for Senior Pugs

During your Pug’s younger years he or she may have been happy to go on long walks with you. However, as a senior Pug, you will want to provide exercise such as walks in shorter increments. For example, you will want to replace one long walk with your Pug with two to three short walks throughout the day. This will allow for less stress on joints at one time. You will be allowing a time for rest between walking sessions. A general walk for a senior Pug should include a five minute warm-up of walking at a slow pace, then gradually spending 20 minutes at a brisk pace and finally decreasing the pace to cool-down for about five minutes. The total walking time is 30 minutes. If your Pug has health issues that prevent him or her from experiencing walks or daily exercise, consult with the veterinarian for helpful tips on how to provide good quality exercise that will meet your Pug’s specific health needs.

Mobility Assistance

As your Pug experiences senior status, they will exhibit the lack of enthusiasm to jump onto furniture such as the bed and sofa. While they may have spent their lifetime enjoying many naps on these comfy surfaces, they may now require assistance getting up on the furniture. While many pet parents prefer to pick up their Pug and place them on the furniture, others may want to allow their Pug to keep his or her independence and provide ramps or steps. There are a variety of ramps and step styles that can be purchases or even homemade by the pet owner. These mobility assistance devices especially are helpful for Pugs that suffer from spinal nerve damage, weakness, arthritis and hip issues.

Caring for a senior Pug requires Pet parents to make a few adjustments from the previous care they have always shown their Pug. These few adjustments can mean a world of difference in the senior years of Pugs. Always feed your Pug a healthy diet that is suited to his or her age and health status as well as plenty of fresh water. These senior tips will help your Pug enjoy his “retirement” years in comfort and with joy.

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