PetParents who share their homes with senior animals know just how much love they have to give! Senior pets are super appreciative of our care and devotion. They are gentle, calm, and quiet; happy to take each day for what it is.
Caring for senior dogs does require some special precautions to keep everyone comfortable and happy. It’s important to understand that each breed and each individual dog will age at their own rate, and breed standards are really just a guide. Large breed dogs are often considered seniors at 5-6 years of age, while toy breeds aren’t generally hitting senior status until 10-12 years old.
- Regular vet check ups to ensure you stay on top of any health concerns and are able to catch anything that could pop up quickly.
- Consider adding supplements with the help of your vet- both dietary and joint supplements can really help a senior dog get more enjoyment out of life.
- Speak with your vet to ensure your dog is on an ideal diet for their current stage in life. A high quality diet is of the utmost importance for senior pets.
- Keep your dogs’ mouth clean- poor oral health is a precursor for many other diseases and ailments. Brushing your dogs teeth 2x weekly is the best recommendation provided by vets.
- Low impact exercise like walking daily is ideal for senior pets.
- Upgrade their bed to something orthopedic, or add soft blankets and towels for a more comfy sleep session.
- Help them get around- maybe they need a ramp in the car, an easier way to access the backyard, rugs on the hardwood floor so they don’t slip- tailor your care to your dogs particular needs.
- During the senior years, it vital to make playtime count! Soft, plushy toys often become the preference- and puzzles or interactive toys can help keep your senior dogs mind sharp.