I don't want to think about my dog, Porter, getting up there in years, but lately, I have noticed some gray hairs growing around his chin. Bustle says that there are some things you can do to help care for your dog as they get older.

  • Give them the right amount of food because while as a puppy they were much more active and burning more calories during the day, but as an older dog, they don't burn as many calories if they're not moving around as much and therefore, they don't need as much food as before.
  • Spend more time with them and keep them as active as you can! You will be able to notice any changes in their behavior or spot any health issues as they arise. Keeping them active can help to keep them healthy longer as well.
  • Teach them new tricks in order to help keep their brain sharp and active. That is just as important as keeping their bodies healthy. So try to keep teaching them or provide them with new toys that can challenge them mentally.

We want our dogs around with us forever, but unfortunately, their life span is just not as long as ours is, so the longer we can keep our pups happy and healthy, the better it is for both us and them.

(via Bustle)