How to make elderly dogs feel more at ease
Many families cherish their pets, and their owners do all necessary to make their lives as easy as possible.
With age comes more responsibility. Aging pets, like us, may eat less and sleep more. They may have less stamina and be stiff when waking up. Some pets may get deteriorating vision, hearing loss, or incontinence.
According to an American Pet Products Association poll, 67% of US households have a pet that may eventually become a senior. Senior animals may require more care, especially in terms of comfort. They can help.
• Buy comfort devices. Pets may require products to help with aches and pains. For older pets, an orthopedic pet bed may be beneficial. Pet strollers and higher food bowls can also help older pets.
Addresses a lack of Aging pets may require assistance. Non-skid carpet runners in high-traffic areas can help pets walk around securely. Steps or ramps can help people climb on or off beds or into cars.
• Install doggy doors. Senior pets may need to go more regularly. A doggy door can speed up outdoor access. A litter box with a smaller opening also makes it easier for older cats to use.
• Provide enough weather protection. Pets that are older may feel the weather more. Snuggles, coats, and booties may be required to keep them warm. Indoor cooling or heating mats may help.
• Get pet diapers. Some elderly pets may lose self-control. Diapers and absorbent pads help keep children dry and clean.
• Aid in weight loss. Weight management can help relieve joint pain and minimize the risk of certain disorders including asthma and skin irritations. Consult your veterinarian about your pet's diet and exercise needs.
Patience and care are required for aging dogs. Pet owners may make their aging dogs more comfortable and accessible.