All about a grey snout

We adopted June when she was about 8.5 years old and had to quickly learn how to care for a senior dog.

Carpet your floors:

Dogs aren’t built to live their lives on smooth, tiled floors, and this becomes increasingly evident as they grow older. You’ll begin to notice that their paws start spreading out and slipping on the smooth floor more often. Many senior dogs develop arthritis or spondylitis, and a lack of grip makes these worse. Furthermore, if your dog slips and falls, they may sustain injuries that may take a long time to heal due to their advanced age. Overall, smooth floors restrict your dog’s mobility, aggravate pre-existing conditions, and pose a threat of injuries. To solve this problem, I suggest you carpet your floors (without even waiting for your dog to become a senior, if possible).

Smooth floors restrict your dog’s mobility, aggravate pre-existing illnesses, and pose a threat of injuries. To solve this problem, I suggest you carpet your floors. Photo by Reba Spike on Unsplash

Make your house accessible

Not all senior dogs have health issues but some senior dogs may have trouble walking, and some may have issues with their bones, hearing or vision. Whatever your dog’s individual issues may be, be prepared to accommodate them and make your house accessible to your senior dog.

We had a bolster bed, an orthopaedic bed and a bunch of mats for June, and used whatever suited her requirements at different stages of her time with us.

Evaluate their diet

Many ageing dogs can develop issues with their kidney, heart or liver, particularly if their diets aren’t modified to suit their age. An age-appropriate, balanced diet ensures everything works well on the inside, even as your dog ages. Older dogs have a slower metabolism than young dogs and may become less active. Observe your dog’s activity levels and adjust the quantity of food per day, if required. Unless advised, you do not have to stop feeding your dog anything they used to eat, especially proteins and bones.

Chews and treats from Canine India for June. She came to us with poor dental health so managing that was our focus from the beginning.

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