It probably feels like yesterday that your fur-bestie was a young pup, full of energy, and getting into trouble. But as these wonderful years together went on, we’re guessing you’ve seen some changes in Fido’s behavior, mood, and eating habits… and that’s okay!
These changes are very normal, but it might be time to consider making a few helpful adjustments to their lifestyle as a senior pet to ensure they’re comfortable and adapting to these new challenges.
Switch Up Their Exercise Routine
There was probably a time when your furry friend could spend endless hours running around the dog park or playing fetch. If you’ve noticed a decreased interest in those activities or a long recovery time, it might be time to switch up their exercise routine!
One key to keeping your dog healthy in the long run is to keep your dog moving, even if it’s just in modified ways, so don’t cut out exercise altogether. But, perhaps the game of fetch may not be what your dog wants anymore. We suggest switching it up to activities that are easier on the hip and joints such as long, slower walks, swimming, or during the transition, decrease the amount of time with their favorite activities.
Rearrange Spaces Fido Loves
As your dog ages, what are some of their new habits around the house? You might have noticed your older dog lays down to eat now, slips walking around the house on the tile floors, or even has a difficult time getting up on the couch or bed.
We suggest making small adjustments to the spaces around your home to accommodate your fur-bestie such as elevating their food and water so they can reach it easier, add rugs or try out toe grips for their paws, and consider investing in a ramp to assist in getting to their favorite places.
Try a FUN-ctional Supplement
Sometimes, dogs want a leg-up to keep the spring in their step, and that's where functional supplements for dogs come into play. And no, we're not talking about boring pills or tablets.
There are some truly paw-some soft chews around that are perfect for your senior dog's chompers. Whether it's for joint support, skin health, cardiovascular function, or even a multifunctional supplement, your dog will love the tasty, easy-to-chew options that are available!
We know caring for an aging pet has some challenges, but we hope these suggestions for changes and supplements for dogs will help make their shift to senior life easier. If you’ve tried any of these adjustments or have any tips or suggestions to add, please share your comments below!