How To Improve Your Senior Dog's Quality Of Life

  • 02/07/2022

Old-dog.jpgArchaeological discoveries have suggested dogs have been man's best friend for at least 30,000 years. If you are one of those fortunate people who has established a profound bond with your dog, your four-legged companion is an essential part of your life. You want to do everything possible to give your pooch a long, healthy life filled with happiness. While you can't stop the hands of time from turning, your efforts can improve your beloved dog's life in the golden years.

 

A Comfortable Bed Does Wonders

In the past, a small rug may have been your pooch's favorite spot to rest. As dogs age, joint discomfort is common. Consider a bed that targets the orthopedic needs of your pet. Your dog will have support in crucial areas while enjoying a soft place to rest. A favorite blanket and toy will make your pooch's resting spot even cozier. You can even place a warming mat in your dog's bed to ease arthritic joints.

Add a Quality Joint Supplement to Your Dog's Diet

Talk with your veterinarian for recommended joint medication. Products that contain Glucosamine Chondroitin are a popular choice. This type of supplement is used by humans as well, whether they are athletic or aging. Glucosamine is beneficial for cartilage while chondroitin is important to lubricate joints. This reduces friction and keeps joints from breaking down. Pet owners who consistently give senior dogs the advised dosage see a noticeable difference as stiffness is relieved and limping decreases. Once you find a supplement you like, don't be surprised if your dog becomes more playful and energetic when you ease painful joints.

Regular Exercise is Key in Smaller Doses

Don't agonize if your four-legged companion can't go the full distance on daily walks anymore. Try shortening your walks to find your aging pet's comfort zone. If you only did one long walk in the past, a short walk in the morning and another in the evening can still keep your pet moving. Don't forget to take your dog out for bathroom breaks frequently. It's harder to maintain control for some pets as they age.

Prevent Your Senior Dog from Falling

Falls can cause serious injuries for pets. You can take precautions in your home in the same way you would for an elderly parent. Stop taking your pet up and down steep stairs in your home. If your dog has always slept with you upstairs, consider moving downstairs to accommodate your pet. Block off stairs with a baby gate or other type of gate to avoid accidents. If you have hardwood floors, laminated flooring, or tiles, consider putting down carpet runners or area rugs to prevent your dog from slipping. As your dog ages, a loss of strength can make it difficult to gain the traction needed to stand up or walk on flooring that tends to be slippery. ToeGrips may be another solution, providing your dog the necessary support in a rubber grip that slides over the toenails. Trial and error will help you to find what works best for your dog.

Change Up Your Ageing Dog's Diet

Your dog may have a favorite food that has been a standard forever. However, you need to consider changes in the nutritional needs of senior dogs. Talk to your veterinarian to find out what is best for your dog. Breed, overall size, and weight will be taken into consideration. Your dog may need a reduction in calories to keep extra pounds off. Too much weight is a strain on joints and your dog's heart. A boost in fiber will keep your dog's digestive system on track. Higher levels of protein are important while you lower levels of fat. Try adding apples and carrots to your dog's diet. They're healthy and most pooches love them. Make sure you keep the water bowl full. A senior dog will tend to drink more.

Pay attention to your senior dog's needs to make the most of every day. Quality care, your time, and regular visits to the vet can help you to keep your beloved companion by your side. You'll also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you gave your furry friend your best.

Author Bio:

Sierra Powell graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a major in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing. She’s passionate about writing, reading, and learning. When she's not writing, she loves to cook, sew, and go hiking with her dogs. If your dog slipping on floor surfaces has become a problem, ToeGrips can help your furry friend get around the house easier.

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