Tips for Happy, Healthy Senior Dogs

Having a pet dog that lives a long time can be one of the most fulfilling things in the world. Senior dogs offer all the same benefits of having a younger pet, such as companionship and protection. But they also offer more wisdom and less energy than younger dogs. This means that senior dogs often make excellent buddies to have around.

While senior dogs make great pets, they do require different care than younger dogs to keep them both healthy and happy. If you have a senior dog and you want to make sure that he continues to thrive, try keeping in mind these tips for senior dog care.

1. Go to the Vet Regularly

vet visit with disabled dogWhen your dog gets to be a senior, it’s important not to skip out on those regular vet visits. Your vet can spot health issues in your dog right away and ensure that they are treated or managed so they don’t make your dog sick or uncomfortable. When you go to the vet, you can also make sure you get important preventative treatments, like Bravecto, which can help protect your senior dog from fleas and ticks.

2. Switch to Senior Food

The nutritional needs of senior dogs are different from those of other dogs. Senior dogs often require foods that are more easily digested and that contain nutrients that help with anti-aging. Once your dog gets to be a senior, switch him to a food that is intended for senior dogs. But before you make the switch, consult with your vet about which food to choose. You vet will have helpful information about what specific foods will meet your pet’s dietary needs.

3. Consider Your Dog’s Environment

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If you want to make sure that your senior dog is always healthy and comfortable, set up an environment that facilitates that. Look at your dog’s surroundings and make sure nothing’s difficult for him/her.

Does he have too many stairs to climb? Is her bed in a place where she may get cold? Does he not enjoy being outside as much as he used to?

Look around at the places that your dog spends time or sleeps. Then set up those places so that they are easy for him to access — and comfortable once he’s there.

4. Pay Attention to Physical Activity

walking senior dogYour dog may still love to run and play and go on hour-long walks. Be watchful that the physical activity your dog is doing is keeping those muscles and joints moving without overtaxing her. Consider shortening walks if necessary, and monitor how your dog feels after walks. There are many products available to assist you in keeping your pet mobile, which is essential for sustained good health.

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Having a senior dog can be a real treat, but it can also be a bit more challenging in terms of care. Make sure you put some thought into how you’re managing your senior dog’s health and day-to-day routine, and consult with your vet to make sure you’re taking care of his needs the best way possible. That way you can enjoy the company of a happy companion for as long as possible.

 

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14 Comments

  1. My fiance and I want to adopt a Bernedoodle for sale. Both of us have never had a dog before so we want to make sure that we are as educated as possible to raise this puppy. We will be sure to pay attention to our pup’s physical activity.

  2. Please do not buy a dog…any kind of dog…from any type breeder. this only contributes to the horrifying situation we have in this country. Do you have any idea how many healthy dogs are killed daily in this country? There are excellent rescue organizations, not to mention your local animal shelter and Humane Society, who would gratefully help you find the dog of your dreams. Please consider it….I promise you it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Be a part of the solution instead of just being a part of the problem.

  3. […] You were probably used to your puppy chewing on anything he could get his paws on, but it might have been a complete shock when your older dog started gnawing on your kitchen table or favorite pair of shoes. Destructive chewing is a common symptom in adult dogs, even if they didn’t exhibit the behavior as a puppy. For older or disabled dogs, it is used as a natural way to keep their jaws strong and their teeth clean as they age. It can also be a way to combat boredom or alleviate mild anxiety and frustration. However, regardless of the reason, your dog’s munching can cause considerable damage to your furniture, clothes, and home. So, try one of these paws-itive techniques to prevent your dog from any more destructive chewing and help them lead a happier, healthier life. […]

  4. You’ve got some great tips here for care for senior dogs. I like how you said that skipping vet visits is a terrible idea. We’re thinking of adopting an older dog, so I’ll be sure to find a vet to take him to if we end up doing it.

  5. My dog is getting pretty old. I like how you point out the need to take my dog to the vet regularly for things like preventative treatments. How often would vet visits be required for my dog’s health?

  6. Thanks for these tips for taking care of senior dogs. I’m glad you mentioned you should try to make sure the environment can make the dog comfortable. I’m kind of interested to learn if there are like tools or equipment you could have that could help a dog feel more comfortable, depending on their needs.

    • Walkin’ Pets by handicappedpets.com specializes in products for senior or disabled pets. Every dog has different needs, I recommend contacting our Customer Service department at 888-253-0777. We would be happy to help you find exactly what you need to make your dog more comfortable.

  7. That is a perfect article for people who are looking how to manage their old age dogs. awesome information, really to the point and steps discuss are up to the standards and mark. cheers for this one.

  8. Thank you for explaining that it’s important to not skip out on their regular vet visits. We’ve been wondering how to care for our dog now that he’s getting older and starting to slow down a bit more. I’ll be sure to schedule regular visits with his vet so that he can still thrive in his old age.

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