How to Help Your Senior Dog Live Its Best Life

Posted by Dr. Lisa Killian, DVM on

How to Help Your Senior Dog Live Its Best Life

Think the phrase “aging gracefully” applies just to humans? Not so fast!

While our dogs are no more immune to aging than we are, there are measures we can take to make sure they continue to live out their lives as happy, and healthy, as possible.

Here are a few tips to make sure your senior dog lives its very best life.

Protect their joints!

As we age, we’re more prone to conditions like arthritis and joint pain - dogs are, too! If your dog currently has to hop on a tall bed or couch, consider investing in a small set of stairs or stepping tool to relieve any added pressure on their joints. Likewise, taking smaller, more frequent walks throughout the day will allow them to rest up, while maintaining a regular exercise routine.

If your dog is in need of supplemental help, glucosamine is likely your best option. It generally prolongs aging (you can give it to your dogs before their golden years) and reduces inflammation, which inhibits the effects of conditions like arthritis. Have more questions? You can always chat with a member of our veterinary team.

Watch their weight

Obesity is a problem for pets regardless of age, but slowing metabolisms make older dogs more at-risk. When it comes to aging, humans and dogs actually have a lot in common!

While obesity is a problem on its own, it can also make other conditions (like the aforementioned arthritis and joint pain) worse.

What’s up, doc?

One of the easiest ways to make sure your senior dog lives a long and happy life is to take them to the doctor!

This is important, so we’re going to say it again - take them to the doctor! Studies have shown that consistent vet visits actually extend pets’ lives, and it helps you adjust your senior pet care plan as needed. For example, if, unbeknownst to you, your pet has a medical condition and isn’t outwardly showing symptoms, a vet will be able to intervene and prevent the animal from suffering any further.

Show them the love

Senior dogs are no less deserving of love and snuggles and cuddles than puppies. They’re also aware that they’re getting older and may not be able to do all the things they used to.

While all pets need (and deserve!) quality time with their humans, giving your senior dog some special 1:1 time will help reinforce your bond, even if it does look a little different now than it did a few years ago.

Think of it as the pet equivalent of visiting your grandma.

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