6 Ways To Make Life Easier For Your Senior Dog
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Just like senior citizens, senior dogs deserve a few extra creature comforts to support their changing bodies and minds. Just a few simple changes can mean the world to your aging pup.
Try these 6 tips to make life easier for your favorite senior.
1. Invest in a supportive dog bed.
Older dogs spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping and most of their waking hours lounging, so a high-quality orthopedic bed may be the most important product you can provide. Memory foam beds are great for seniors because they offer just enough give to be comfortable on the joints while still providing firm support for the rest of the body.
2. Lay out slip-proof mats.
Senior dogs are at an increased risk for slips and falls on hard flooring due to their unstable joints and decreased confidence in their mobility. If your home has tile, hardwood or laminate floors, lay out slip-proof mats for extra traction. Throw rugs and carpet runners are effective as long as you secure them with anti-skid rug pads. For an inexpensive quick-fix, lay out yoga mats in your home’s high traffic areas.
3. Use ramps and/or doggy steps.
Older dogs often lose confidence in their ability to climb on and off the furniture or in and out of the car. Even if they can make it on their own, it may be too much for their joints. Instead of condemning them to a life on the floor, use ramps or doggy steps so your senior can stay by your side.
4. Safeguard your senior with baby gates.
Just as hard floors become treacherous and furniture becomes difficult to access, navigating stairs can also become difficult and dangerous for older pups. Block off staircases and particularly dangerous areas of your home with gates to ensure your dog stays safe.
5. Provide unlimited fresh water.
Senior dogs are more prone to dehydration and aging kidneys require more water to function properly. See your vet if your dog is drinking excessive amounts of water, but otherwise, allow them as much fresh water as they like. Try a pet drinking fountain to keep water aerated and cool and tempt your senior to drink more.
6. Add a food topper to ensure your senior gets proper nutrition.
Older dogs are less active with weaker noses and fewer taste buds so they tend to eat less. However, their bodies need nutrients more than ever to stay strong and fight off illness.
Stella & Chewy's Freeze-Dried Food Topper.
Honest Kitchen Proper Toppers.
Wilderness Trail Toppers Wild Cuts.
FLAVORS Human Grade Grain-Free Dog Food Topper.
Nutritional Dog Food Gravy Topper Variety Pack.
Instinct Freeze Dried Raw Boost Mixers.
Wild Cuts Trail Toppers.