4 Ways To Help Senior Dogs Make The Most Of Their Golden Years

21/5/2017

Canine companions bring so much joy to their humans all throughout their lives, including when they reach their golden years.However, you might have to make some minor adjustments to make sure that your furry friend can enjoy their final chapter to the fullest. Here are 4 ways to help them make the most of their golden years:

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1.Keep them moving

As your pet enters their senior it can be all too tempting to take them for fewer and shorter walks. However, it is particularly important to keep them active. Exercise keeps your pet from becoming obese, which can be very dangerous and shorten their life.You may have to adjust the activity yourdog does depending on their mobility, which may have become limited. Even the smallest activities such as moving up and down the stairs or walking around the home can prove to be helpful.

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2. Make adjustments for their changing senses

As dogs get older their senses start to change, namely their sight and hearing. Very small changes can make a big difference in these scenarios. For example, placing night lights around the house to help them find their way around can avoid unwanted bumps.Simply making yourself heard as you enter a room can also help to let your dog know that you are there.

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3. Go to the vet for regular check-ups

Aging is a natural part of life and should not be feared, but at the same time, it is important to keep on top of your dog's health. Regular visits to the vet will help you to stay updated with their condition and make sure that you catch any issues in their early stages.Vets can prescribe your dog all the care they need, meaning that their golden years can be long, enjoyable and pain-free.

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Source: Centros Veterinarios Mascoteros

4. Help them up and down

It is very common for joints and muscles to become weaker and stiffer as your dog ages, so simply helping them climb up and down can ease any pain they may experience.Additionally, raising their food bowl so that they does not have to bend down so much to eat, or investing in a slightlyraised bed can improve their lives.

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Senior dogs can be wonderful companions, These minor adjustments will help make sure that your dog's final years truly are golden.

Cover image:  Reddit/Nicole Alderman & The Dogist

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