SPOIL YOUR SENIOR DOG
It is said that the older they get, the sweeter they become. Absolutely true! So
chosen by a senior, there are special things we should know when living with
a senior dog. Taking time to learn the special needs of older dogs will keep
them healthier, happier and will give you more years together.
EXERCISE - Even an older dog needs to exercise. Frequent short walks are a
great way to provide activity. It doesn't have to be long - even a stroll around
a trip in a padded wagon can provide the sights, sounds and smells of a walk.
and minerals. And it tastes great so it can be added to regular meals to en-
if you are feeling ambitious there are recipes for bone broth on the internet.
Soft chews containing glucosamine can also provide joint support.
COGNITIVE HEALTH - The longer attention span of older dogs can make
training easier. Try simple tricks, interactive or treat dispensing toys. Dogs
can become bored with the same activities, so rotate toys and provide new
experiences to keep things fresh and stimulating.
ORTHOPEDIC BED - Toss that old stinky
bed and replace it with a new orthopedic
bed that will support joints and help decrease
pain from arthritis or an old injury.
MASSAGE - Whether your dog is a couch
potato or a playful pal he will love a massage
and you will enjoy the special bonding
time it provides. You may choose to learn
advanced techniques through formal class
instruction or check out one of the numerous
available books or DVD's to learn the basics. Massage will help the health
and well-being of your dog. Be sure to include a weekly nose to tail check to
keep track of your dog's health and any changes that may occur.
GIVE THEM YOU - Our seniors love to be near us, but sometimes their decreasing
mobility can make that challenging. Make beds, couches and vehicles
DENTAL HEALTH - Most older dogs have some level of built up tartar and
plaque which can cause a host of health issue. Dental cleaning with your vet,
Check with your vet for advice and to learn more.
SMELLS - As dogs age they may have limitations with sight and hearing. But
their brain is very scent oriented, so allow your pet to experience new smells -
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