Let’s face it folks, we all will have our loving companion getting older and unfortunately, they don’t live as long as we do. While they are here, we need to give them the best possible life ever, overflowing with all of the unconditional love they pour onto us.
Older dogs face an array of difficulties just like people do when they age. It can be very sad watching our once active dog romping around chasing butterflies and them now letting the same butterfly land on their nose and not even caring! What can we do to help?
There are many things we can do to help the aging pet get through their days with much more ease, and less pain from any dog arthritis or other debilitating disease. Very simple and yet helpful tips are:
- lifting their water or food bowl so they need not strain to use them
- placing mats on the slippery floor surfaces to help with walking
- placing more than one water bowl in the house for them to drink from
- taking them out to go to eliminate more often to prevent any discomfort with their bladder control
- spending more time with them and reassuring that they are the most important friend in your life
- telling them everyday that you love them even though they don’t understand English, they know what the energy means
- checking their teeth regularly, their eyes and their soft bodies for anything unusual
Cancer in dogs, arthritis in dogs, and tumors in dogs are all very real possibilities as our companions age. Any lumpy bumpy mass needs to be checked out. It could be a harmless fatty tumor in the dog or a cyst, but why take chances at this point in their life cycle. Larger breed dogs age quicker than the smaller breeds, and at age seven they are a senior in the dog world. In my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs,” I explain so much more on all the things we can do to help our aging companion. From the various health challenges to the diseases they may acquire, the information is most powerful.
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How have you helped your older dogs? Share your insights below!