We’ve had Bailey, our Yorkshire Terrier since she was just five weeks old. She was always been a spunky dog with a yappy bark to match. She’s not quite as spunky these days but she does still have that bark. She will be 13 this year and has been showing signs of aging. Did you know that you can help fight the effects of aging in your older dog?
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If you have an older dog you may have noticed the signs of aging. The effects of aging can creep up on older dogs slowly. With Bailey, we noticed she wasn’t moving as much and she was getting slower at going up and down the stairs. There have even been times she would whine at the bottom of the stairs at night because she wanted someone to carry her upstairs to bed. In recent months she’s also been very into her naps. Yes, all dogs sleep but there is a difference with napping in older dogs. She does a lot more of it these days. She’s had a stuffed bear toy since she was a baby. She’s played with that thing time and time again but we even noticed her playing slowed way down and the bear wasn’t nearly as exciting as it use to be.
About 7 months ago we moved into a new house with a lot more space for not only us but also for Bailey. Our new home has a larger yard for her to play in and the neighborhood overall is much more pet friendly. We thought she would be excited about these changes but we found that not to be the case as she we can just tell she’s really aging. Bailey does look forward to her morning and evening walks though. My husband takes such good care of Bailey and makes sure she gets her exercise in while I’m busy with the kids. We realize there are other things we can do, too. To help fight the effects of aging in our older dog, Hill’s® Science Diet® sent us their new Youthful Vitality pet food formula for small and toy breed dogs to review with Bailey.
Hill’s® Science Diet® provided us with the instructions needed to switch Bailey’s food as you want to make sure the transition is gradual. The first two days we switched out 25% of her food with the Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality. On days 3 and 4 we replaced 50% of the food with the new Youthful Vitality. On days 5 and 6 it was 3/4 cup (75%) and on day 7 and every day since she’s been on 100% Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality. We made this change approximately 8 weeks ago.
We did notice a few weeks ago that she was having difficulty with bowel movements. She was straining more than normal. We checked the Hill’s® Science Diet® website and they assured us that our older dog, like many others, may have special digestive needs and a food with lower fat, phosphorus, protein and calories and increased fiber is ideal. Her issues lasted only about a week and she’s back to normal now when it comes to her stool so I don’t believe it was related to the food.
Overall we’ve seen a difference in her activity levels and her interaction with our family. Her special bear is getting played with more and she’s even more excited about going on her walks (jumps around when she sees the leash come out) and playing in the yard. The napping is still happening often, but with an older dog I think that is to be expected. We are thrilled to see her playing again. It’s refreshing!
The Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality for small and toy breed dogs is what we’ll be using from here on out. We’ve been happy with the results of our trial and we like seeing Bailey have more energy and be a part of our family like she was when she was younger.
What do you do to help your older dog fight the effects of aging?
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