We all want our dogs to be happy and healthy. As our dogs grow older their needs change, so it’s important to change your routine to fit their older body. If you’re looking to improve your senior dog’s quality of life, here are 7 ways to do it.
The first way to improve your dog’s quality of life to pay attention to them. Dog’s cant communicate the way that we do, so being attentive to them can tell you if something is wrong before it becomes a bigger problem.
Schedule Regular Vet Visits
Stay on top of your dog’s health by scheduling regular vet visits. This way if there is ever a health problem your vet will be able to catch it early on and offer treatment.
Senior Dog Equipment
Buying equipment made specifically for senior dogs can greatly improve their quality of life. Some equipment to consider are:
- Staircase to get up on bed/couch
- Non-slip rugs/runners to prevent falls
- Heating pad to relieve joint pain
- Raised feeder
- Orthopedic bed
Shorter, More Frequent Walks
Older dogs might not be able to walk as much as they used to, so shorter walks are necessary as to not overdo it. However, your dog will need more frequent walks. This is good for both their mental and physical health, and also prevents accidents in your home as senior dogs have less control over their bowels.
Playtime doesn’t have to stop for your senior dog, but it should change. Instead of playing fetch, which can be hard on their joints, opt for a foraging toy. Hide treats for your dog and let them find it. This is also beneficial for their mental health.
Healthy, Balanced Diet
A healthy, balanced diet is a great way to improve your dog’s health and keep them healthy as they grow older. Consult with your vet about your dog’s diet, they may want to put them on a specific diet for their health issues.
Patience & Kindness
Lastly, patience and kindness are required for your senior dog. Never get mad or punish them for having an accident at home, and make additional time for them if they can’t move as fast as they used to.
Written by Vincent M.
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