ROUTINE OF A SENIOR DOG
Excitement and energetic may be the personality of your dog. But as they start to age, they tend to slow down. Senior dogs aren’t able to keep up with their usual routine and require more attention and care in order to stay comfortable.
- Play: The senior dog’s energy isn’t that high like it used to be when they were young to fetch and run for games. So, they should be introduced with games that help in exercising their mind. Interactive toys and puzzles are best for their mind.
- Change in Diet: Senior dogs put up weight as their activities are reduced. So, their diet should include proteins for building muscle mass. They should be fed smaller meals that are easy to digest at regular intervals. If fibre is added to their diet it prevents your dog from constipation.
- Safety is a must: With the growing age, vision is the first problem a senior dog faces. Navigation outside or inside the house becomes a huge problem for them. If you’re not home, it is advisable that your get pet gates installed so that your dog doesn’t get hurt. They even start losing grip of their foot pads. So, ensure fur is there between their pads to have a grip on the floor.
- Comfortable Sleep: Senior dogs at times are overweighed with arthritis. Due to this, they can’t sleep properly on the floor. They require soft beds that provide support to the joints. Go for ground-level beds as they are easier than elevated beds. Climbing and jumping can be avoided by senior dogs.
Just Remember, your senior dog is not ill; he/she is just ageing. You should take a lot of care of them and provide them love. In case of any matter, you can always consult a vet.