5 Things Your Senior Dog Needs

As dogs age, their health and lifestyle needs change. If you have a senior dog, consider adding these items to your home to make their life easier.

Courtney Elliott

Updated February 23, 2023 • Published February 23, 2023

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5 Things Your Senior Dog Needs

If your canine companion is over the age of 7, they're considered a senior pet. During their senior years you may start to notice some changes in health and behavior—and maybe your home isn't quite equipped to give them their healthiest and happiest life.

Making sure you have what your senior dog needs is vital to their health and safety. What works for a puppy or adult dog might not work for your elderly pup, so it may be necessary to invest in some senior-friendly products.

If you have a senior dog, here are five things you should invest in to accommodate their growing needs.

5 things your senior dog needs

1. An orthopedic bed

A comfortable, senior-appropriate bed is one of the best things you can give your aging pup. Opt for one that's constructed from high-quality orthopedic foam and is easy for them to enter and exit. Make it easy on yourself and get one with a washable, removable cover, too.

2. Pet stairs & ramps

Fido may not be able to get to where he wants to go with ease anymore. Whether it's his favorite snuggle spot on the couch or the edge of your bed, having a set of stairs or a ramp for them to use will make a huge difference in their ability to access space.

3. Raised food & water bowls

Leaning down to drink water and eat food can cause strain on an already sore neck and body.

There are plenty of raised or slanted bowls on the market to make sure your pup isn't uncomfortable while they dine.

4. Mentally stimulating toys

Senior dogs may not be able to go for those long walks anymore—but it's important to keep them stimulated despite the changes they're enduring. Interactive toys can combat boredom and also help keep their brains sharp.

5. Home safety products

A senior-proof home will give you peace of mind that your pup is safe when you can't have eyes on them at all times. Whether you block off slippery stairs with dog gates or choose non-slip mats and rugs throughout the home, investing in these products can go a long way in making your senior dog's day-to-day life a little bit easier.

In addition to making sure that your home is senior pup-proof, it's also important to ensure that your elderly dog is on the right diet. If you have questions about senior dogs and their health and lifestyle needs, the team at Pawp is here 24/7.

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