Tips for Caring for Your Senior Dog

Sep 05 2016

Tips for Caring for Your Senior Dog

As dogs age, their bodies and minds start to change, and just like us, they will need some extra help living out their golden years in happiness and health.

If you’re wondering how you can make life better, consider these tips:

Get a Restful Night’s Sleep
Senior dogs sleep more. That pup who wouldn’t dream of sleeping in the expensive dog bed you bought her may change her mind as she gets older. Arthritis also takes its toll so soft bedding is appreciated.

Assist with Mobility
A little extra assistance is sometimes needed. Stiff joints don’t just happen to people. Dogs get stiff too and need extra help. Ramps help with getting into cars or onto the bed. After all, you still want that furry lump at the bottom of the bed!

Keep a Healthy Diet
Diet and exercise make dogs and people healthier. Nutritional needs change as we age so take another look at what you are feeding and talk to your vet. Supplements may be in order. And even though your dog might not be as energetic now, gentle exercise to keep those joints moving and the weight off are just what the doctor ordered.

Visit the Vet
See the veterinarian regularly! Older dogs need routine vet visits. Age-related ailments, weaker immune systems and a dog’s ability to hide symptoms mean you and your vet should decide on a schedule of routine visits. Bad teeth can make anyone miserable so make sure you don’t neglect dental care.

Stay Active & Encourage Fun
Play! Just because your dog can’t do everything she did when she was younger, doesn’t mean she won’t engage in some gentle play. Keep her mind active and add fun and interest to that quiet old-lady lifestyle. “Hide the Cookie” is pretty self –explanatory, and most dogs love it!

Senior canines (and senior humans), need restful sleep, a little extra help on occasion, a good diet, exercise, and regular check-ups. And whether you walk on two feet or four, don’t forget to play!