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Caring For Your Senior Dog

Our dogs are like family to us, so it can be hard to watch them slow down as they age.

When your dog starts to reach a senior status, it’s important to prioritise their health and help them manage their ageing process. Large breed dogs are considered seniors earlier than smaller breeds due to their larger size and genetics. Ageing is a slow and gradual process and by taking care of your dog’s specific needs early on, you’ll ensure they continue to live a healthy and happy life.

Our team shares their top tips on how to care for an older dog and handle any challenges that might arise. 

  • Regular vet visits will help detect small health abnormalities before they develop: bringing your dog to the vet semi-annually will ensure that they are caught early. They’ll also be able to recommend any lifestyle changes or supplements your dog may need as they age.
  • Keep them on a healthy diet: it can be very tempting to start treating your dog more in their older age, however, maintaining a healthy diet is essential for them. Too many calories can cause weight gain which can lead to inflammation and decrease their quality of life. Shop our low-calorie food here
  • Supplements that support the joints and general health of your dog, along with a healthy and balanced diet, can make a big difference in their health. These supplements can be added to their regular meals easily and keep them supple and mobile in their old age.
  • Monitor your dog’s activity levels: just because your dog is getting older doesn’t mean that playtime is out of the question! Encouraging them to stay active is vital however do monitor for signs of discomfort and don’t overdo it. You can also try out some new activities, swimming is a great non-weight bearing exercise for them and takes the pressure off their joints.
  • Bring out some brain games!: Mental exercise is just as important as physical, keep their brain sharp with fun activities like scavenger hunts and puzzle toys. These games with help to keep your dog’s brain in tip top shape and they’re enjoyable for owner and pet!
  • Add in more grooming sessions: as your dog ages, they might find it tougher to groom themselves. You can help them out by increasing their at home grooming sessions. Lots of gentle brushing will prevent uncomfortable knots and matts, increased baths are important for dogs who are experiencing incontinence. Your dog will look and feel great and you can keep an eye out for any changes in their skin or lumps. Make sure you use a gentle shampoo when washing them.
  • Don’t neglect dental care: taking care of your dog’s teeth as they age will ensure they can continue to enjoy their favourite meals and treats. Aging dogs are more at risk of gum disease and teeth fractures which can cause unnecessary pain and require vet attention. Start brushing your dog’s teeth regularly with a soft toothbrush and dog friendly toothbrush. 
  • Make some home updates: optimising your home for your older dog will make their day to day life easier. You can swap out their old bed for an orthopedic or heated one, some pet stairs so they can reach furniture and placing rugs and mats on slippery areas to prevent slips.
  • Enjoy your time together! Quality time with your beloved pet is so important as they get older, make the most of your time together by bringing them on fun adventures and making memories. Visit some new places that they can enjoy a sniff-fest on or spend your Saturday evening playing some games at home.

We hope you enjoyed our top tips! Don’t forget, spending time together and being appreciative of your best friend is the best way to enjoy your dog’s senior years. Your goal is to make them as safe and comfortable as possible while maintaining their puppy spirit and enjoying life, no matter how much they slow down.

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