In your eyes, your dog may always be the frisky little puppy that landed up in your home all those years ago. However, the signs of aging start being more and more visible. Your dog gets tired faster. They're slower to climb up to the sofa. They simply are not as excited about things as before. Here are out 6 top tips on caring for a senior dog for a long, happy life.
Understand the signs of aging
The signs of aging often present themselves when a dog is older but they can often be hidden too. Some of these include breathing issues, a loss of appetite, urine odor, a slower rate of reflexes, a decrease in mobility, etc. The time to start looking for signs of aging is in the life span of the breed you have. Watch out for common signs like a lack of energy, an obvious weight loss, difficulty walking, joint problems, incontinence, or other physical issues.
Make your home senior dog-friendly
As your dog grows older it’s important to adapt your living space accordingly too. Whether you live in an apartment or a large house, you want the space to be comfortable and easy to clean. Senior dogs are prone to accidents and some may need a ramp, if they're able to make the final trip to the loo. For older dogs that aren't mobile, you might need to install the ramp in the hall or where there are stairs and keep a special bed for them. Make changes in their sleeping quarters - perhaps more warm rugs or a softer bed? Pay attention to the flooring. Slippery tiles are tougher to navigate and placing grip mats or rugs would help your dog walk more easily.