News / June 6, 2024

5 Tips For Caring For Your Elderly Dog

It is important to know how to properly take care of your dog throughout each stage of their life. Naturally, caring for a puppy is completely different from looking after your dog as they reach old age. 

Elderly Dog

More Rest

Elderly dogs need more rest than younger ones. This is due to them having less energy and growing tired more easily. To help with this, taking them for shorter walks, little and often, can ensure they maintain the necessary exercise they need while not exhausting them.   

Keeping Them Comfortable

Keep your dog comfortable when out on a walk by putting them in a warm coat or a raincoat in cold or rainy conditions. Older dogs often need the toilet more frequently, so make sure to factor this in when taking them out on walks and throughout the day.

Easily Accessible Essentials

Elderly dogs can be unstable on their legs and they can also become stiff with age, so make sure to keep essentials, such as food and water bowls, easily accessible to your elderly dog to ensure they can access these requirements and keep their general health in check. 

Elderly Dog

Food

Ensure your dog is getting enough to eat. Monitor their food intake and if you notice any changes, make sure to contact your vet for advice. 

If you also own young dogs, make sure your older dog is not competing with them for food. It is especially important for older dogs to maintain a healthy diet, so make sure they are eating in addition to your younger dogs.

Grooming and Health Check Ups

Gently grooming your elderly dog can be a great way to provide rest for them and to have some bonding time with your dog. This is also a great time to check for any lumps and bumps or aches and pains they may have. If you notice any changes, contact your vet for advice. 

More Info

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