Caring For Ageing Dogs

Caring For Ageing Dogs

Dogs are often considered part of the family. As much as we care of our ageing seniors, our ageing dogs require special care as well. At Riverside Senior Living we have some tips to make caring for an ageing dog a little less daunting.

Caring For Ageing Dogs

Older Dogs Need Rest

Keeping your dog comfortable becomes much more important as they age. A cosy bed in a place away from loud noises and disturbances is best. Older dogs may need to go to the bathroom much more frequently then they did in their younger years. Allowing for easy access to a bathroom spot will increase their comfort. It may be time to invest in a dog bed that can be cleaned easily if they can quite make it outside.

Feeding Changes

You may find that your dog’s dietary needs change dramatically as they age. Your vet can help to come up with a proper meal plan for your breed and size of the dog as they enter old age. It’s important to monitor any changes in their eating habits as it may be an underlying illness rather than old age. If you have a few dogs in the home, it’s important that the older ones can eat without competing for food.

Adapt to Health Changes

Many older dogs develop symptoms of old age as such loss of hearing and poorer eyesight. It’s important to keep an eye on these issues and report them to your vet. If your dog develops poor sight it’s important to keep sudden and loud noises to a minimum as it can confuse and stress them out.

At Riverside, we wish you and your dog a happy and long life. By following these tips you can make the best out of your dogs later years.