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A senior dog has different health requirements than a younger dog. Here are some tips to help you keep your senior pet healthy. Credit: Getty Creative 1. DON'T FORGET THE HEALTH CHECK-UPS Make sure your senior dog has regular visits with your veterinarian. In fact, many veterinarians recommend that senior dogs should be examined twice a year, even more so if the dog has serious health issues. A thorough physical examination by your veterinarian may reveal health issues that can impact your pet's life and comfort level, such as dental disease, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease and more. RELATED: Vaccines and Your Puppy 2. NOTE ANY BEHAVIOR CHANGES IN YOUR DOG Watch your senior do...

When veterinarians discuss the pros and cons of spaying and neutering dogs, the choice is presented as an either/or decision. This isn't surprising. While an intact dog can always be spayed or neutered later, once these surgeries have been performed they cannot be reversed. But what if a third alternative existed? Credit: Getty Creative In fact, it already does. Implants containing the drug deslorelin acetate are approved for bringing about "temporary infertility" in male dogs in Australia, New Zealand and Europe but have also successfully been used in females in an off label manner. The implant is about the size of a grain of rice and is placed under the skin. The deslorelin acetate it r...

The following is an excerpt from Petfinder.com's - The Adopted Dog Bible. Most experts recommend feeding your dog twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening - though puppies under five months of age should be fed three to four times a day, or as directed by your veterinarian. Credit: Getty Creative RELATED: How to Choose the Right Dog Treats While most dogs will dig in the moment you place the bowl on the floor, you may find that your adopted dog is a finicky eater, at least at first. After all, he's been thrust into a new home with new people, and he may be too nervous to eat. If this is the case, you will need to teach him to eat on a schedule. Leave the bowl on the flo...