When you bring a new dog into your life, you’re committing to being there from the cute puppy stages right up to their wise senior years. However, older dogs have unique needs that we need to consider to keep them both happy and healthy. Today I’m going to share my 10 must-have products for senior dogs.
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If you’ve spent any time around the Shed Happens social media accounts, then you know that I share my life with 4 incredible pets.
While I would love to pretend that they are going to stay young forever, they are getting up in age.
In fact, my pretty girl Daviana is now 12 years old!
As the American Kennel Club explained last year in an article and chart, the 1 human year = 7 dog years isn’t entirely accurate.
The rate at which a dog ages (compared to human years) is dependent on their size.
Giant dogs (100+ lbs.) age the fastest while their smaller counterparts age at a slightly slower rate.
For the Dav girl, according to the chart, this means that she is currently 77 years old.
Before we move on, I will say that my girl was genetically blessed!
Not only does she not look her age, she doesn’t act it either. Most people guess she is between 2 and 4 years old when they meet her.
However, I’m starting to see some small signs of her age in our day to day lives…
These aren’t major complications or struggles. She’s still eating like normal, running around like a younger pup, and showing no signs of difficulty seeing or hearing.
It’s the little things like the fact she has a harder time getting traction on our hardwood floors.
As such, we’ve started to make some accommodations around the house to ensure that we’re giving her the best possible life.
We’re lucky – the pet industry is bigger than ever right now!
There are plenty of high-quality products out there to help us keep our pets safe, comfortable, and content, regardless of their situation.
However, with a wide assortment of products available at the click of a button, it can quickly become overwhelming.
Especially if this is your first time caring for an aging pup!
Don’t worry, I’m here to help!
Today I’m going to share a list of the products that have had a positive impact in our lives.
These are the products for senior dogs that we rely upon to care for our own dogs.
Check Out These 10 Must-Have Products for Senior Dogs!
#1 – Orthopedic Dog Bed
As your dog gets older, he/she may be feeling the aches and pains that come with age.
While we can’t stop this from happening, we can take steps to make our dog as comfortable as possible.
One easy way to do this is to purchase an orthopedic pet bed so that they can curl up and relax after a long day (whatever a long day looks like for your dog).
My girl is always ‘go, go, go‘ all day, but she genuinely loves her bed as we settle in for the evening.
#2 – Heated Pet Blanket
Another great way to help alleviate the aches and pains of a busy day is to provide your pup with a heated pet blanket.
It’s a well-known fact that heat can help ease sore muscles and joints.
#3 – Elevated Dog Feeder
As your dog gets older, it can be difficult to bend down to eat or drink from dishes on the floor.
This is especially true if you share your home (and your heart) with a larger dog.
An elevated dog feeder will bring their dishes up to a comfortable level, preventing any unnecessary discomfort.
#4 – Dental Care Basics
While proper dental care should be a priority throughout your dog’s life, it is even more important as your dog ages.
Senior dogs often struggle with sensitive teeth and other dental complications.
With products such as dental cleaning toys, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental wipes all readily available, there is no reason to neglect your dog’s oral hygiene.
Not comfortable addressing your dog’s dental care at home? Contact your veterinarian to discuss your options!
#5 – Walk-Through Pet Gate
As your dog ages, he or she may not be able to get around like they used to.
Areas of your home that were once considered safe may not pose an increased risk to his/her safety and well-being.
The most common concern is staircases for dogs that are no longer able to navigate them safely.
A walk-through pet gate will allow you to easily block off unsafe spaces while also allowing you to easily move through your home.
#6 – Pawks Dog Socks
Another concern that you may have in your home as your dog ages is their ability to get traction on slippery surfaces such as hardwood floors.
The good news is that there is a simple (and low-cost) solution!
Pawks Dog Socks are made by RC Pets. They are easy to put on, comfortable, and include a slip-resistant bottom.
Why this brand specifically? Not all dog socks are made the same!
We recently had to purchase socks for our girl (our house is ALL hardwood) and we have had a GREAT experience with the Pawks products!
#7 – Interactive Puzzle Toys
I can’t list ‘must-have products for senior dogs’ without discussing the importance of exercising your dogs mind regularly!
Like humans, dogs will experience mental decline with age.
We can’t stop the effects of aging entirely, but we can slow down the decline by keeping our pups mentally active.
There are a number of great puzzle toys available for dogs of all ages.
#8 – Collapsible All-Terrain Wagon
This is a product that I am not currently using daily (I know, I said at the beginning that they were all my daily items).
However, this is something that I HAVE purchased after seeing friends using it.
If you have a dog that loves spending time outdoors, this is for you…
The idea that my girl may eventually be unable to go for her long walks and explore her favourite trails is heartbreaking.
An all-terrain wagon will allow me to still take her along on our walks and outdoor excursions, even when she can’t keep up any longer.
Just throw in a few blankets to make sure your dog is comfortable and he/she can enjoy the fresh air!
#9 – Carpeted Ramp for Beds and Couches
Our dogs sleep in bed with us at night, and that’s something that I’m not willing to change.
They LOVE curling up together as a pack.
However, as our dogs age, it can be difficult to jump up onto the bed with us (or onto other furniture like couches and loveseats).
This ramp is sturdy for larger dogs and the carpeting provides necessary traction.
#10 – Folding Ramp for Cars, Trucks, and SUVs
Just as the beds and couches can be a challenge for an older dog, so too can our vehicles.
Even if your dog isn’t a huge fan of car rides (I can’t say that we’ve dealt with that personally), they will still need to make the trip to visit the vet!
This folding ramp makes it easy for your pup to get into the vehicle and folds up for easy travel!
Have you ever cared for a senior dog (or are you currently caring for one)? If so, I would love to hear your must-have products for senior dogs!
Did I miss something that you feel is important?
Share your suggestions in the comments section below!
Make sure to share this list with any dog owners that you believe could benefit from these recommendations.
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