Guide to Taking Care of Senior Dogs

Posted on October 22, 2019 by paigepesko

Everyone loves puppies—they are lively bundles of joy. Though they may not be as energetic, senior dogs deserve attention as well. Often, people are nervous to adopt senior pups because they are wary of their past. This guide to taking care of senior dogs will calm your nerves and have you running to an adoption shelter today.

Comfort is key

One of the best things you can do for a senior dog is making sure they are comfortable. Since these dogs are older, they might have health problems. As their owner, it is your responsibility to make sure the dog is as comfortable as possible. So, let your dog up on the couch occasionally and buy them the most comfortable dog bed you can find.

Keep them active

It is important to keep your senior dog active. It is common for older dogs to be lethargic and sedentary—don’t let that be in the case for your pup. Instead, take them on walks daily and play with them when you can. Remember, just because your dog has a few more years under their belt, doesn’t mean they have to sit and watch the years pass by.

Socialize them

Every dog deserves to have a social life, even ones who are older. Bring your senior dog to a dog park so they can interact with other pups. If you work during the day, think about enrolling your dog in doggy daycare. Most importantly, every time you have guests at your home, give your canine friend a chance to greet them.

Visit the vet

Senior dogs tend to have more health issues than puppies. Be proactive and take your pup to the vet as much as possible. If you adopt a senior dog, bring them to the vet immediately upon adoption to make sure there are no pressing issues that you need to address. If everything is okay, schedule regular visits with a trusted veterinarian to keep your furry friend in good health.

Unconditional love

The best you can do for a senior dog is love them unconditionally. Whether you adopt an older dog or have had them since they were a puppy, try and take care of them as well as you possibly can. Sadly, there is no way to know how much time a senior dog has left. Make every moment count and be the best dog parent you can be.

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