Caring for an old Doberman
Make the life of your old Doberman as carefree as possible, while very little is required of you – sufficient quantity and quality of food, comfort, warmth and company.
Vision. Doberman’s vision deteriorates with age, as well as a number of eye diseases. If the dog’s vision has deteriorated to a large extent, try to maintain the familiar atmosphere in the house. Try not to move the furniture without any need and when taking the dog out for a walk, put on a leash on it.
Hearing. For some Dobermans, hearing decreases significantly over the years, but by this age your companion has to execute not so many commands, since he has already adapted to do what you want from him out of habit. Of course, you must take extra care of the dogs that are hard to see and hard of hearing while walking and in unusual situations.
Urinary incontinence. This problem occurs only in older dogs, which can be very difficult to endure for 10 hours. Only in very old dogs can urine be released during sleep. You may need to take measures that you took with your dog as a puppy, or take the dog to sleep in her room so that she can wake you when she needs to go outside, or cover the place where she sleeps with newspapers.
Before you begin to perceive these nocturnal urges as a normal phenomenon characteristic of age, consult a veterinarian, as many dogs suffer from cystitis and various kidney diseases that are quite treatable. Be always ready to readjust to the needs of your old friend and never reproach him for not following hygiene rules as in the old days – he simply is not able to do this.
Teeth. For very old Dobermans, food is best chopped. Canned food is in this case one of the most optimal options. For an old dog, a completely new life can begin if it removes the teeth that disturb her and gives the necessary attention to the gums.
Smell. A decrease in muscle tone of the intestines, along with a lesser than earlier tendency to exercise, increase the likelihood of digestive disorders, flatulence, obscene sounds and unpleasant odors, which can cause embarrassment in your company. Dobermans tend to move away from the smell, casting glances at their masters full of reproach, as if they were the cause of this smell. Changing the diet in some cases helps to solve this problem.
Arthritis. If you notice that your Doberman is wheezing with pain, climbing the stairs, and limping, struggling to overcome them, you should immediately contact your veterinarian.
This is inherent in old dogs, and the veterinarian is able to provide great help, alleviating pain and removing discomfort. Keep your bed as soft as possible if you notice that your Doberman has blisters on his knee joints, which can be very painful if the surface of his bed is too hard. Conventional bags are a great bed for dogs suffering from arthritis, serving as a source heat and not disturbing painful joints. The dog should not be customized and need to be patient, given how difficult it is to follow you.
Diseased heart. It usually manifests itself in the form of a chronic cough and inability to exercise for a long time. Take action if you notice that your dog does not show a desire to run and sits during a walk. Your veterinarian will advise you on what medications you should use and what course of treatment your dog should take.
Poor blood circulation. Violations in the circulatory system of an aging organism can manifest itself in the fact that the dog begins to freeze, and if she is not able to move fast enough to warm herself, put on warm clothing, taking him out for a walk late in the evening or in the afternoon, in cold weather.
Obesity. Some Dobermans tend to get fat, and being overweight is a source of many problems, such as difficulty breathing, liver and skin diseases, and intolerance to hot weather. Prevention is always better than cure, so make sure the dog’s diet matches its level of activity throughout its life.
Leadership. The mind and quick wit of the old Dobermans is what makes communicating with them at the sunset of their life the most attractive. Old age is the time when you can treat a dog condescendingly, pamper it, even sometimes allowing it to guide itself.
Feeding. Upon reaching the age of eight, limit the amount of red meat in the diet and replace it with fish, chickens, rabbit, adding biscuits to it. Increase the number of biscuits until you give only one biscuit to the dog for several days a week. Add parsley and barley decoction to the diet.