How Voyce Can Help Keep Your Senior Dog Happy and Healthy
By: Jeff Noce, Voyce President
Almost everyone who has loved a dog has had the same experience. One day, you look down and spot a few grey hairs sprinkled in their muzzle. Or you notice that they don’t chase the ball with the same enthusiasm they once did. Suddenly you realize, your pup has become a distinguished senior.
Dogs age at different rates, depending on their size and breed. But most are considered seniors between seven and ten years old. Like humans, the aging process can bring about certain health and attitude changes in dogs, including:
- Heart disease
- Joint disease
- Respiratory disease
- Excess weight or sudden weight loss
- Neuromuscular disease
- Spinal disease
- Anxiety or behavior changes
However, unlike us, dogs can’t verbalize their aches and pains. And in fact, many are experts at hiding their discomfort.
That’s why it’s so important to keep a close eye on your senior dog. Watch for signs like a stiff walk, lethargy, change in frequency or color of stool or urine, restlessness, limping or irritability. If you observe any of these symptoms, make an appointment to visit your vet as soon as possible.
Because some of these signs are so subtle, it can be easy for even the most observant pet parent to miss some. That’s why the Voyce Health Monitor was created. The cutting-edge technology takes away the guesswork, giving owners better insight into what their pet is really thinking and feeling by tracking these key wellness indicators:
- Resting Heart Rate
Changes in heart rate can signal a more serious condition such as heart disease, anxiety or physical pain.
- Resting Respiratory Rate
Heavier than normal breathing can indicate stress or discomfort.
- Activity Intensity
Voyce measures daily activity based on distance, amount of time, and intensity. A sudden increase or decrease in activity can signal a problem.
Increased interruptions during rest can be an indication of a change in health or pain level.
- Calories Burned
Voyce measures calorie burn on a daily basis and compares the data to prior trends. This is especially important for dogs whose health problems stem from excess weight.
For even more peace of mind, concerned dog parents can speak to their veterinarian about the Voyce Pro Wellness Monitoring Program. By remotely accessing key vital signs, notes, trending graphs and more, animal care professionals are able to quickly recognize and address potential health issues in their senior clients. Check out this earlier blog post to learn more about this exciting new standard in personalized pet care!
And remember, November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! If you decide to add a mature pup to your family, the Voyce Health Monitor can help ensure that their golden years are truly golden.
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