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Tips for Taking Care of Your Elderly Dog

You’ve had your furry friend for what feels like a lifetime. You’ve had your adventures and been through some milestones and now they are starting to show their age (and you might be too!). Here are some essentials for our elderly dogs

Comfy Beds

As we get older our joints become a little stiffer and it gets a little harder to move around- the same is true for your dog! As they age it’s a little harder for them to get up and around. While they may have always been comfortable on the floor (or that old pile of clothes)- they could really use a good bed. 


When shopping for a bed look for memory foam styles that will help offer pressure relief on their joints and support their bodies. With smaller breeds or smooth haired breeds you may want to  look for a snuggler style bed- so they can burrow. 

Quality Food & Treats

You know the saying “you are what you eat” well that’s included pets too! Make sure your pet is getting the proper nutrition. As your pet ages, weight can definitely be a large factor in their life span and quality of life! If your pet is overweight it can shorten their life by 20%. You may also notice that your pet starts to have food aversions as they get older or a loss of appetite. 


Look for foods and treats that are made with natural ingredients vs packed with grain and processed fats. Check out our treats- which are made with oatmeal and cinnamon that help support your dogs health! 


Choose foods that work for your breed and that can support their health. Look for older dog varieties or joint and bone health. When in doubt ask a vet for their recommendations. 


Supplements 

Your pet can use an extra boost as they age. If you haven’t been giving them daily supplements then you should look into it! Glucosamine can help with joint health and probiotics can help with gut health. 


If your pet won’t take supplements look into finding treats that are made with quality ingredients like pumpkin for gut health, or cranberry for kidney health. 

Babygate 

As your pet ages they will often have house training accidents because they often start to lose control of their bladder. Older dogs may experience episodes of dementia or lose their sight and often find themselves lost in their home- even if they have lived there for years. 

You may want to consider using a baby gate to help contain them in designated areas- or crate train them when you aren’t able to watch them. This can help them feel comfortable in the smaller area. 


Dog Steps

Has your pup always been your snuggle buddy? Think about picking up some dog steps or a ramp to help them get up and down easier and safer. This may take a little training to break old habits but in time it is much safer and easier on their joints. 


A Little Extra Patience

As your pet ages they will probably need more help. They may be more prone to barking or startling because they lose their senses. They may not be as friendly to others as they used to be. At the end of the day the most important thing you can give them is a little extra patience for your elderly pet- and soak up all the love and snuggles. 



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