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Whether we're ready for it or not, those bumbling pups grow into golden oldies. During this time in their lives, they will need your love and care more than ever. As lovable as they are, just as people slow down, your lovebug will too. They now have different likes and dislikes and their needs will change. Here are a few things senior doggies often want to say:
Nights can get very cold
Older dogs are affected by the cold more easily than younger ones. So, even a little chill can be very uncomfortable for them. Remember to place their beds away from open windows or doors so they're not in the way of a cold draft. You can get a doggie blanket to ensure that they stay cozy and warm. For outdoor walks and activities in the winter, consider slipping on a doggie sweater or a jacket.
I like soft food
Hard kibble can be quite difficult to chew. Soaking the kibble for a few minutes in warm water is a great way to soften it and to draw out the flavours. You can also consider serving them wet food. Older pets may not have a sharp sense of smell as before and wet food has a stronger smell that may do a better job of tempting them to eat.
I need to pee now!
Senior pets have a harder time with bladder control, so you should take them out to pee more often. Or set up a pee pad that is easily accessible to them indoors. This will help prevent accidents.
Steps can be scary
Most senior pets have difficulty climbing up and down from any surface. This could be getting in and out of cars or even climbing up the stairs. Climbing puts a lot of pressure on their joints (especially if they're overweight) and can even be painful. As an alternative, consider setting up ramps to help them get down easily from heights like the car seat, the bed or the stairs. Also, consider investing in orthopaedic dog beds that are easy to get on to for seniors and that support aching bones and joints.
Let's play with puzzles!
While senior pets do need a little bit of physical exercise every day, the games they enjoy may not be the same. Indoor games that require less physical exertion are great for seniors. For older dogs with a weight problem, many vets recommend limited swimming schedule as this helps them lose weight without putting too much pressure on their joints. You should speak to a professional on whether this is good for your pet.
I love hanging out with you
No matter what is going on in your pet's life, what they need most in your love and attention. More often than not, older pets love nothing more than to just be close to you. They love cuddling on the sofa while you Netflix or laying close by when you work. The most important thing you can do for your dog at this stage is to spend a lot of time with him or her.