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Three Ways to Spoil Your Aging Dog

Three Ways to Spoil Your Aging Dog

As your beloved companion ages, you may find yourself unintentionally spoiling him less.  Sure, he was probably way more active in his golden years when toys and treats were a necessity, but there are still many other ways you can spoil your dog as he gets older. 

 

Three ideas on how to spoil your dog at old age include:

1. Invest in Orthopedic Goodies

Knowing how to spoil your senior citizen can be tricky when they aren't as active as they used to be.  One solution is investing in orthopedic dog goods.  Orthopedic dog beds, for example, offer much better support than regular beds and can reduce pain caused by arthritis.  Your options aren't just limited to beds; there are other things such as orthopedic braces and harnesses that can make your dog more comfortable and allow him to be more active.  If your dog's wrist is painful, get him a wrist brace just like you would for yourself or any other family member.  Not only will you have a spoiled dog, but you are also helping him feel better. 

2. Get Dog Steps

Another great idea for spoiling your geriatric dog is by getting them their own set of doggy steps.  Dog stairs can decrease the risk of falls and alleviate pressure on your dog's joints while your dog is getting to their relaxing location.  There are doggy steps for the car, dog stairs for bed, and even dog stairs for the pool.  It doesn't matter if your four-legged child is large or small; there are a variety of dog steps that will make their elderly years much more comfortable and will keep them happy and safe in their preferred spots.   

3. Schedule a Doggy Spa Day

Finally, consider scheduling a doggy spa day every once in a while for your pooch. These days, there are doggy spas everywhere offering a variety of services including swimming, massages, and the classic pampering.  Swimming is not only fun, it also helps promote good muscle tone to support their bones and joints without being as high-impact as walking or running.  There are also massages that help ease stiff and sore muscles.  If you don't want to go to a spa, you can also try using essential oils on your dog at home to massage painful areas or as an inhalant to aid with anxiety and stress.

Whether it's getting dog steps, orthopedic goodies, or scheduling a spa day, it's easy to spoil your dog while making him happier and more comfortable during old age.  Remember, a spoiled dog is a happy dog!

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  • Play Safe Pet Stairs
    Play Safe Pet Stairs

    Thanks for commenting Mary! That’s so true – dog stairs definitely help decrease the chances of back and leg injury due to a lifetime of jumping! :-) And we do want our pooches to have a healthy lifetime of pampering!!!

  • Mary Pratt
    Mary Pratt

    3 of my 5 rescue digs are seniors and they are so spoiled! Dog stairs and soft, comfy beds are just a few ways they are pampered. Dog stairs aren’t just for old dogs though, they are a great tool to prevent jumping and landing injuries in dogs any age. Better safe than sorry with a hurt pooch Snr a huge vet bill.

  • Mary Pratt
    Mary Pratt

    3 of my 5 rescue digs are seniors and they are so spoiled! Dog stairs and soft, comfy beds are just a few ways they are pampered. Dog stairs aren’t just for old dogs though, they are a great tool to prevent jumping and landing injuries in dogs any age. Better safe than sorry with a hurt pooch Snr a huge vet bill.

  • Jill McElwee
    Jill McElwee

    Great article. I have an older dog and often wonder what I can do to make her happier!