Senior dogs glow from the inside. Their lifetime of accumulated knowledge—of their families, of how to beg for treats, of walking routes and potty spots and the exact right nuzzle to comfort you when you’re sad—turns them into kind, gentle, beautiful spirits.
But, just like aging people, senior dogs need a little help to age beautifully. Here are three things you can do to help your dog ease into her golden years gracefully.
Watch Her Weight
Overweight dogs, especially among the geriatric set, face severe health problems that affect their quality of life. Heart problems, diabetes, arthritis, and more—all are the negative results of being overweight. Help your senior slim down gradually with diet and exercise advice from your vet to ensure her outsides age as beautifully as her insides.
Pamper Your Pooch
As dogs age, they experience little changes that can cause discomfort. Their skin might produce less oil, leaving her susceptible to dry, flaky skin, especially around her joints. Start applying coconut oil as part of her pampering routine, or use grooming products that contain primrose oil or oatmeal. Keep her nails short so that she doesn’t struggle to get up or down from the floor.
Spoil Her… a Smidge!
One of the best things about a senior pup? Spoiling them! Here’s the thing: Even if you’re watching your dog’s weight, there are things to do to make her feel extra special. Perhaps a quick trip to her favorite beach after work or a stop for a small treat at your local pet shop. If she loves a stroll around the block, make sure to make time!
As your pup ages, you’ll find other ways she needs support. Maybe she gets arthritis and needs to be lifted in and out of the car. Or maybe her digestion becomes more sensitive and she needs specific food. Those changes can all be accommodated to help her live well through her golden years!