A senior dog often has different health requirements than a younger dog. Here are some ways to ensure your senior dog is most comfortable:
- Bi-Yearly Health Exams– There are many vets who recommend bi-yearly exams because of issues that are more likely to plague older dogs.
- Behavior Changes- Notice behavior changes such as alterations in urinary or bowel habits, pain, vision, etc. Prompt consultation with your vet will help prevent any stress to your dog’s routine.
- Getting Around- Consider adding easy access to your bed if your dog has always like being on the bed such as a ramp or stairs.
- Age Appropriate Dog Food- Older pets are often heavy, so it is important to change their dog food to one made for dogs who are less active.
- Bedding- Old bones can hurt, so why not fluff out your pets bed with extra soft blankets or even an orthopedic bed?