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.
FurHaven Full Support Orthopedic Dog & Cat Bed$46
This sofa-style orthopedic bed for dogs provides your senior canine with the comfort they need and looks good in your home. Plus, the soft zippered cover is machine washable.
PetiFine Orthopedic Bed$50
Constructed from premium memory foam material, this orthopedic bed can provide senior pets with joint relief and peaceful sleep. The removable cover makes for easy cleaning, too.
FurHaven Ultra Plush Oval Cat & Dog Bed$37
If your senior pup prefers more of a nest style, this option is available in four different sizes and three unique colors. The front cutout makes it easy for elderly dogs to get in and out.
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.
Pet Gear Easy Step Dog & Cat Stairs$43
These steps are wider and deeper than typical pet stairs, making climbing easier and safer. The carpet treads provide a firm grip and the rubber attachments on the bottom keep it secure.
Royal Ramps Dog & Cat Ramp$160
This ramp protects your pet's joints while also giving them a gentle incline to their elevated destination of choice, whether it's your bed, a couch, or the window sill.
Zinus Easy Cat & Dog Stairs$57
Constructed with high-density foam, these stairs make it easier for senior pets to climb up to their favorite spots. Plus, they're lightweight and assemble easily.
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.
Dogit Elevated Dog Bowl$17
Perfect for pets with joint pain or digestive issues, this elevated stainless steel bowl comes in four different colors. The anti-skid feet keep the bowl in place during mealtime, too.
Frisco Slanted Stainless Steel Bowl$8
The 15 degree slant of this option means pets don't have to strain or deal with uncomfortable indigestion. This sleek elevated bowl comes in both cream and black.
Pawfect Pets Premium Elevated Dog & Cat Diner$50
Available in a 4-inch and 7-inch tall set, seniors dining from this elevated dog bowl combo won't have to worry about joint pain or indigestion. The bamboo stand with rubber feet keeps it sturdy.
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.
Archstone Pets Porcupine Dog Snuffle Mat$35
Snuffle mats are one of the best interactive toys you can give your pup. With multiple foraging sections, just fill it with treats and your pup will be endlessly entertained while sharpening their sniffing skills, too.
Pet Qwerks Blinky Babble Ball$12
The Blinky Babble Ball has a motion-activated flashing light and makes over 18 different sounds. It talks and flashes when touched and is a great way to keep your dog busy—plus, the talking sounds can be a comfort to anxious pups.
PetSafe Freezable Treat Holding Chilly Penguin Dog Toy$7
Stuff this little penguin with your dog's go-to wet food, peanut butter, or yogurt and let the indulging begin. Pups will enjoy a treat while satisfying the need to chew. Plus, this one is dishwasher safe.
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.
Machine Washable Stair Treads$64
Unlike traditional stair treads that are rough in texture, these soft treads bring both safety and luxury to your home. Stick them to your stairs with carpet tape and wash them when they get dirty—your pup will thank you!
Frisco Steel Extra Wide Auto-Close Dog Gate$44
This extra wide gate can fit widths up to 52 inches. The double-lock safety release system and self-closing door ensures ample security for your senior dog.
Pawland Freestanding Foldable Wooden Dog Gate$82
If you're looking for a freestanding option that doesn't require tools, Pawland's foldable wooden gate is a great option. It fits widths up to 72 inches and easily folds when you don't need it.
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.