Fido’s Golden Years

Dogs are wonderful friends and companions. They’ve certainly earned the unofficial title of Man’s Best Friend, standing by us through good times and bad. Many of our canine patients have been a lifeline for their humans this year, offering comfort, friendship, and support, along with cuddles and smooches. However, Fido will need some extra TLC as he ages. An Eau Claire, WI vet discusses senior dog care below.


Your furry friend will never outgrow his love of food … especially bacon. It’s fine—and even beneficial—to give your pup yummy snacks, but don’t go overboard. If Fido becomes obese, he’ll be at risk of developing some very serious health issues!


Just like people, dogs tend to slow down as they grow older. Keeping Fido active is very important! Exercise will keep your furry pal’s bones and muscles strong, and prevent atrophy.  Slow, relaxing walks and gentle play sessions are your best bet here. 

Medical Issues

Fido will need to come in a bit more often as he ages. Regular exams and blood panels will help detect potential health issues. If you know your canine buddy’s breed, do some research, and make sure you are aware of any conditions that he may be predisposed to. At home, keep an eye out for signs of illness. Call your vet right away if you notice anything amiss.


A big part of keeping your old buddy happy and healthy is really just making sure he’s comfortable. Orthopedic beds, elevated dishes, and, when appropriate, sweaters, will all help with this. Keeping up with Fido’s grooming needs is also important. That includes dental care and nail trims!


It isn’t uncommon for pets to become incontinent in their senior years. Don’t punish Fido for these mishaps. Dogs often get quite embarrassed about these incidents. Doggy diapers may be helpful, but can cause scalding if left on when wet. You may find puppy pads or indoor lawn mats useful.


Making sure that Fido feels loved and safe will go a long way towards keeping him content. Pay lots of attention to your furry best friend! Senior dogs are super sweet and lovable, and really just want to spend time with their humans, collecting belly rubs and ear scritches.

Please contact us, your Eau Claire, WI vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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