How Joint Supplements May Help Senior Dogs

Joint pain is often caused by bone-on-bone wear and tear to a joint. If the fluid and cushion between joints has worn, and bone is rubbing on bone, this can cause joint pain in your senior pet. Once the cushioning is worn, there is very little that can be done to restore the cushioning. Some pet medications and joint supplements can alleviate the symptoms of joint pain and arthritis in senior dogs, but there is no medication or supplement that can fully restore the cushion. Pain management is typically the course of treatment your vet may prescribe for your senior pet.  

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, supplements are not recommended for your senior pet unless specifically prescribed by your veterinarian. If your pet is eating a complete and balanced commercially available pet food, supplementation may not be necessary. 

That being said, if your senior pet suffers with joint pain or arthritis, supplements that are prescribed by your vet may be helpful in decreasing your pet’s discomfort and increase their joint mobility.

It is vitally important that you discuss any pain management and treatment with your vet. Supplements are not regulated and may contain ingredients that can potentially be harmful to your pet, especially if they are taken in conjunction with other medications.

Also, supplements do not provide instant results. Oftentimes, supplements can take up to 4-6 weeks before your pet exhibits relief. If your dog is in pain or showing signs of distress, he should be seen by his vet immediately. Your vet may prescribe an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and your vet may also recommend a joint supplement. Keep in mind, NSAID’s that would be prescribed for a dog are NOT the same as an NSAID that would be prescribed for a human, and some of these drugs (including ibuprofen and acetaminophen) can be toxic for pets. 

If your vet has authorized the use of joint supplements for your senior pet, there are several that may be helpful to your pet. Some studies suggest that Glucosamine and Chondroitin may help alleviate joint pain symptoms and it is very likely if your vet suggests a supplement, that it may contain one or both of these ingredients, depending on your pet’s unique situation. 

Joint supplements typically come in a pill or chewable form.  Some joint supplements can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Be sure to read the ingredients and discuss any supplements with your vet before purchasing, especially if your pet has allergies or if your pet is taking any other medications. 

We do not endorse or promote any products on our website. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult with your vet before treating dog joint issues to rule out medical issues that can be treated by your vet. 

How a Pet Car Booster Seat Can Keep Your Cat or Dog Safe When You Travel

Traveling with a pet can be challenging with even the most well behaved, calm, able-bodied pets. But there are certain situations when getting from point A to point B with a pet becomes a challenge. Transporting your furry friend with a booster seat can prove very useful depending on your needs and the needs of your pet. A car booster seat provides a safe place for your pet to ride in the car and also provides enough lift to allow him to see out the window when you travel. Car booster seats are typically designed for small to medium sized dogs. For a large dog, you may not be able to find a car seat large enough for your pet; in which case a harness or tether can be used to keep your pet secure in the car.

A pet booster seat may seem a little strange at first, especially because most people expect small children or babies in a booster seat, but pet car seats or booster seats for dogs and cats are becoming more popular and accepted because a car seat is often a much safer alternative to traveling with an unleashed pet, especially in certain situations.

How do you know if a pet car seat is right for your pet? 

Here are some specific things to factor when considering a pet car seat or booster seat:

Are you concerned with your pet’s safety when traveling in the car?

Most vehicles were not designed with pets in mind. Most cars do not offer any features that would secure a pet while traveling. It really is up to pet owners to do their due diligence to ensure that their pet is as safe as possible when traveling in a car. A pet car seat or booster seat can help ensure that your pet is traveling as safely as possible.

Does your pet distract you when you are driving?

Some pets cannot behave when traveling in the car. They often jump around or cause other distractions that can be dangerous for drivers. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, and a loose pet who cannot behave can be very distracting for drivers. A car seat or booster seat can help keep your pet secured in their seat so they are unable to jump around and distract you while driving.

Does your pet enjoy looking out the window when you travel by car?

Some pets are just too small to look out the window unless they are sitting in your lap. Traveling with a pet who is in your lap is unsafe not only for you, where you can be easily distracted, but also for your pet, especially if you need to stop short. A booster car seat can be secured in the car with a standard seat belt and is designed to boost your pet high enough to see out the window as you travel. A booster car seat can help keep you and your pet safe while you travel.

Are you concerned with leaving your pet alone at home?

Some pets may have seizures or require frequent medications administered at certain times of the day, making staying at home alone while you are away a complicated situation. A pet car seat, especially one that converts to a carrier, can make it easier for you to monitor and care for your pet while you are out.

Will you be traveling by car and also plane, bus or train?

If you are planning on taking your furry friend on car rides, but you also need to transport her onto a plane, bus or train, several car booster seats can also be used as a pet carrier. Check with the manufacturer to be sure the booster car seat carrier is airline approved. As of this writing the recommended maximum dimensions for a soft sided kennel or carrier is 18“ long x 11” wide x 11” high. Soft sided carriers can be slightly larger because they are collapsible and able to fit underneath the seat without blocking the aisle.

Sometimes, it’s not about anything except keeping your furry friend safe. If your dog or cat enjoys traveling with you, rather than cooped up in the house, and if you think your pet would enjoy riding in a booster car seat, then that’s the only need to consider.

Which pet car seat to choose?

So you’ve decided to invest in a pet car seat to transport your pet. Which pet car seat is right for you? There are a wide variety of pet car seats: Here are some things to factor when considering which stroller is right for you.

How large is your pet (or will your pet get)?

When purchasing a pet car seat, size matters. You want to be sure you select a model that will accommodate your pet at full maturity. If you aren’t sure how big your pet will get, consult with your vet for an estimated size and weight.

Will you be transporting more than one pet?

If you own more than one pet, and you will transport multiple pets in the car seat, then you need to factor the combined weight and size and ensure that the car seat is large enough to accommodate multiple pets comfortably. A bucket seat booster is designed to be large enough for two small pets.

Do you need it to be high enough for your pet to have a view?

Not all car seats are booster seats; some are purely used to keep your pet secure in the vehicle. A booster seat will not only keep your pet safe but can add up to 10 inches of height in order to give them a clear view out the window. A car booster seat can help keep your pet calm if they are distracted by looking out the window.

How do you plan to use the car seat?

Will you be using the car seat to go from the car to the vet or a friend’s house? Do you need to keep your pet secure not only in the car, but after the car ride? A booster travel system is a carrier that converts to a booster seat in the car, attaches to a base, and can be easily removed to take your pet from the car to the store or vet with ease.

Key features to look for:

When selecting a pet car booster seat, look for features that will not only benefit your pet, but you as well. Some car booster seats fit both front and back seat. Some are machine washable. Some allow your pet to see out the window. Some include a built in security leash or tether. Some feature soft padding or adjustable straps. Some can double as an airline approved carrier or regular pet carrier.

Pet car seats are designed specifically for pets, or multiple pets. Unlike child car seats, they have certain features that you may not find with a car seat designed for a person. Some have built in harnesses or buckles to attach a leash or harness to your pet. Some also have waterproof liners in case of accidents. Venting is also typically very different for pet car seats, as is the opening that allows you to place your pet inside.

If you’d like to enjoy more outings with your cat or dog, then a pet car booster seat may be something to consider.  

Content provided in collaboration with the Elderly Pet Organization and Engaging Pet Products – An Engaged Pet is a Happy Pet.

We do not endorse or promote any products or companies. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your senior pet.

Help for Senior Pets with Allergies

Pets can develop allergies at any stage of life, but allergies in elderly pets can be very frustrating, not only for pet parents but also for pets. Pets with allergies are often itchy and uncomfortable and can cause skin irritations that need to be addressed by a vet.

The good news is, there are new medications available to help treat pet allergies that can alleviate most if not all symptoms, helping your elderly pet live more comfortably. There are also more holistic options available for treating a senior pet who is suffering from allergies, including hypoallergenic foods, shampoos and conditioners made for sensitive skin, and more.

The first thing you should do if you see your pet constantly scratching, licking his paws, or gnawing at his fur, is to talk with your vet especially if you notice excessive licking, scratching or general discomfort. If allergies are diagnosed, there are medications, as well as holistic treatments that can help.

If your elderly pet is suffering from allergies, there are several steps you can take to help your senior pet.

  1. Talk with your vet to determine if allergies is the actual cause of your pet’s discomfort and discuss possible treatment options that may help.
  2. Consider switching your pet’s diet. Some vets recommend home cooked diets to help control allergies, but you should work with your vet before switching your pet’s food. You can also work with a vet nutritional specialist to determine what foods may help reduce symptoms.
  3. Bathe your pet more regularly and consider a hypo allergenic shampoo. Pets who have allergies tend to flare up the more they are exposed to allergens. Bathing helps remove some of the allergens and can reduce symptoms. Also, wiping your pet’s paws with hypoallergenic towelettes can also reduce allergy symptoms.
  4. Salmon oil may help some pets alleviate dry and itchy skin
  5. Keep your home free of allergy triggers. Like people, pets are susceptible to household allergies like dust and mold. Cleaning your home regularly can help reduce allergens and help improve your pets symptoms. A cool mist humidifier can also put moisture in the air during dry weather and can help relieve dry, itchy skin.

If you suspect that your elderly pet has allergies, do what you can to help but be sure to speak with your vet to determine if allergies are the true cause of your pet’s discomfort. Rest assured, with the proper care and treatment, your furry friend should feel better in no time.

Allergy medications can be expensive and pet insurance can help offset the cost of allergy medications that your vet may recommend.

We highly recommend pet insurance for senior pets. It’s important that you purchase pet insurance before your pet is diagnosed with a particular illness because most pet insurance will not cover a pet with a pre-existing medical condition. Visit our pet insurance facts page for more information about pet insurance.

Below are a few examples of options you might consider for senior dogs with allergies. We do not endorse or promote any of these products or companies. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult with your vet before using any products or switching your pet’s food.

 

Hypoallergenic dog food is a good option for senior dogs with allergies. Watch for dog foods that contain corn, wheat or soy which can be allergy triggers for many senior pets. 

For cat’s with sensitive skin and stomach issues, a hypoallergenic cat food developed specifically for cat’s with sensitivities and allergies is a good option to consider for your senior cat. 

A hypoallergenic pet shampoo should treat yeast infections, ringworm, pyoderma and skin allergies, plus a good shampoo also deodorizes and gently cleanses skin. 

Hypoallergenic wipes developed for cats or dogs with sensitive skin can be used in between washing to help remove dust, dander or dirt that can irritate your pet’s skin.

Salmon oil is a natural fish oil additive supplement that supports the skin, coat, hips, joints, heart and immune system. Developed for cats and dogs to help alleviate dry skin, dull shedding coat, hot spots, or itching and irritation. 

This vacuum is features an anti allergen complete seal technology plus HEPA filter to trap 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum. 

A cool mist humidifier safely moisturizes the dry air in your room letting you breathe easy and moisturizes skin to alleviate discomfort. 

Which Pet Carrier is Best for your Senior Pet

As pets age, many senior pets prefer to spend more time with their pet parents. For some, there may be medications that need to be administered at certain times, and for others, there may be illnesses that make it more difficult for your pet to endure long walks. A pet carrier is a great option to help tote your furry friend around and keep a close eye on your senior pet.

Cats and small dogs are considered seniors at age 7, and as pets age, they become more dependent on us to care for them. A luxury pet carrier, like any luxury handbag, will make you and your pet feel like you are out on the town in high style. 

A carrier handbag that is designed specifically for pets is a better option than a handbag you may use for your personal belongings. Pet carrier handbags offer features designed specifically for toting a pet inside the bag. For instance, many have padding inside the bag that is waterproof and washable, in case your pet has an accident. There are often multiple compartments to carry your cat or dog’s gear and accessories she might need for a day on the town. 

Depending on how you like to travel with your pet, there are pet bags that are designed for longer trips, or short excursions. There are traditional tote style handbags as well as backpacks. There are bags that make a statement and others that are just fun and whimsical. There are carrier purse bags available for anyone’s style – but most importantly, to keep your senior pet with you when you are out. 

Another great feature of a handbag or backpack designed specifically for pets is most pet carrier bags feature ventilation for your pet, to keep your pet comfortable in the bag. Most carriers have weight limits or are appropriate for either a cat or a dog, so check with the manufacturer to ensure the carrier you choose is appropriate for your pet. 

How do you know if a pet carrier is right for your pet? 

Here are some specific things to factor when considering a pet carrier:

Does your pet enjoy being with you wherever you go?

Some situations wouldn’t allow for a leashed pet to accompany you, like restaurants or malls. Even some parks are not pet friendly when it comes to leashed pets. But if your pet is contained within a carrier, then more places might allow your pet into their establishment. A pet carrier can help you enjoy certain locations without worrying about whether your leashed pet is allowed.

Is your pet older?

Senior pets (small dogs and cats over age 7) can tire easily which can make long walks too tiring for them. If they are too tired, they may need to be carried part of the way. A pet carrier can allow you to carry your pet easily and contained.

Does your pet have an illness like arthritis, joint pain, or hip dysplasia?

Certain illnesses might make walking any sort of distance painful for your pet and would make enduring a long walk very difficult for your pet. A carrier can make traveling more comfortable for your pet.

Does your pet have an injury or are they recovering from surgery?

Surgery or an injury can take a lot out of your pet. Some surgeries or injuries can make walking painful, difficult or even impossible, especially if your pet has a splint or cast on his leg. A pet carrier can make traveling easier for your pet.

Are you concerned with leaving your pet alone at home?

Some pets may have seizures or require frequent pet meds to be administered at certain times of the day, making staying at home alone while you are away a complicated situation. A pet carrier can make it easier for you to monitor and care for your pet while you are out.

Does your pet get along with people or other pets?

Some pets can become aggressive around people or other animals. Some just jump on people or have annoying habits or aggressive tendencies that might make traveling into crowded areas challenging. A pet carrier can help control your pet in crowded areas.

Does your pet get stressed in crowds?

Some pets are socially anxious, and crowds may cause them to bark or shake in fear. A carrier offers a level of containment, confinement and security for an anxious pet. A pet carrier can help your pet relax.

Is it too hot, cold or wet outside?

Most animals don’t do well in extreme weather conditions, especially if it is too hot, too cold or wet outside. A pet carrier can protect your pet from the elements.

Which pet carrier to choose?

So you’ve decided to invest in a pet carrier to transport your pet. Which pet carrier is right for you? There are a wide variety of pet carriers: there are tote style handbags, traditional pet carriers, sling pet carriers, and backpack style carriers. A lot depends on the type of outings you plan on using the carrier for. Here are some things to factor when considering which carrier is right for you.

How large is your pet (or will your pet get)?

When purchasing a pet carrier, size matters. You want to be sure you select a style that will accommodate your pet at full maturity. If you aren’t sure how big your pet will get, consult with your vet for an estimated size and weight.

What is your pet’s temperament?

Some pets are jumpers or chasers and can become easily distracted by anything around them. The last thing you would want is for your pet to escape from the carrier to chase something or someone. A carrier with a full enclosure will ensure that pets who like to jump or chase stay contained within the compartment. If your pet is pretty easy going, then you can get a partially enclosed carrier that features an opening for him to stick his head out of. Most of these carriers will allow you to tether your pet to the carrier so they can’t escape.

How do you plan to use the carrier?

Will you be using the carrier to go to the mall or a restaurant? The type of activity should determine which carrier would best suit your needs. Will you be using the carrier in the car as well as walking around? If so, you may want to consider a carrier that has a dual purpose, and can be converted from a car seat to a carrier. If you are looking for something more stylish, then a sling or tote may be more appropriate for you and your pet.

If you’d like to enjoy more outings with your cat or dog, then a pet carrier may be something to consider.  

Content provided in collaboration with the Elderly Pet Organization and Engaging Pet Products – An Engaged Pet is a Happy Pet.

We do not endorse or promote any products or companies. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your senior pet.

Celebrating Holidays with Elderly Pets

The holiday season will soon be upon us and if you have an older pet, the holidays can be especially challenging for them. Older pets are prone to illnesses and disabilities such as arthritis or blindness, which can make getting around holiday crowds more difficult. 

Certain foods and holiday plants are toxic to pets and guests bringing these items may be unaware of the risk to your pet. Be especially aware of guests attempting to feed your pets anything containing chocolate, baked treats that may contain xylitol, grapes/raisins, onions or other toxic foods. Even certain treats can pose a risk to your elderly pet if your pet has food sensitivities or illnesses that may disrupt his digestive tract. Caution well-intentioned guests of any food sensitivities your pet may have and carefully inspect anything guests may bring for your elderly pet. Other foods that should be off limits to elderly pets include: turkey and turkey skin – sometimes even in small amounts – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Table scraps – including gravy and meat fat –also should be kept away from pets. Many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets, including onions, raisins and grapes. During the holidays, when our own diets tend toward extra-rich foods, table scraps can be especially fattening and hard for animals to digest and can cause pancreatitis. Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.

In addition to food safety, don’t leave your pet alone in the room with lit candles, a decorated tree or potpourri. Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe and lillies) out of reach of pets. 

If guests will be visiting, provide pets with a safe and comfortable place to retreat from guests. If guests are bringing other pets with them, be sure your pet and the guest pet get along and if not, bring your pet to another part of the house if guests will be bringing their pets. Older pets that become afraid of crowds or other pets, may become overwhelmed and try to escape. It is best to crate them or put them in another room during holiday gatherings if they seem stressed in any way. 

If guests insist on bringing something for your furry friend, below are some great ideas that are pet friendly for elderly pets. We do not endorse or promote any of these products or companies. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your pet. 

 

Elderly Pet Safety in Cold Weather

Cold weather can pose serious threats to pet health. Pet’s cold tolerance for cold weather can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level and health. 

You will probably need to shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet’s temperature limits, consult your veterinarian.

Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It’s a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it’s untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods in below-freezing weather.

Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding. During a walk, a sudden lameness may be due to an injury or may be due to ice accumulation between his/her toes. You may be able to reduce the chance of iceball accumulation by clipping the hair between your dog’s toes.

If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold weather, consider a sweater or dog coat. Have several on hand, so you can use a dry sweater or coat each time your dog goes outside. Wet sweaters or coats can actually make your dog colder. Some pet owners also use booties to protect their dog’s feet; if you choose to use them, make sure they fit properly.

During walks, your dog’s feet, legs and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. When you get back inside, wipe down (or wash) your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk that your dog will be poisoned after (s)he licks them off of his/her feet or fur. Consider using pet-safe deicers on your property to protect your pets and the others in your neighborhood.

Hot cars are a known threat to pets, but cold cars also pose significant risk to your pet’s health. You’re already familiar with how a car can rapidly cool down in cold weather; it becomes like a refrigerator, and can rapidly chill your pet. Pets that are young, old, ill, or thin are particularly susceptible to cold environments and should never be left in cold cars. Limit car travel to only that which is necessary, and don’t leave your pet unattended in the vehicle.

Odds are your pet will be spending more time inside during the winter, so it’s a good time to make sure your house is properly pet-proofed. Use space heaters with caution around pets, because they can burn or they can be knocked over, potentially starting a fire. Check your furnace before the cold weather sets in to make sure it’s working efficiently, and install carbon monoxide detectors to keep your entire family safe from harm. If you have a pet bird, make sure its cage is away from drafts.

We don’t recommend keeping any pet outside for long periods of time, but if you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl). The floor of the shelter should be off of the ground (to minimize heat loss into the ground) and the bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment. The door to the shelter should be positioned away from prevailing winds. Space heaters and heat lamps should be avoided because of the risk of burns or fire. Heated pet mats should also be used with caution because they are still capable of causing burns.

 If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect, and may not be fully recognized until a few days after the damage is done. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Cold weather also brings the risks of severe winter weather, blizzards and power outages. Prepare a disaster/emergency kit, and include your pet in your plans. Have enough food, water and medicine (including any prescription medications as well as heartworm and flea/tick preventives) on hand to get through at least 5 days.

Keep your pet at a healthy weight throughout the winter. Some pet owners feel that a little extra weight gives their pet some extra protection from cold, but the health risks associated with that extra weight don’t make it worth doing. Watch your pet’s body condition and keep them in the healthy range. Outdoor pets will require more calories in the winter to generate enough body heat and energy to keep them warm – talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s nutritional needs during cold weather.

Below are some ideas of products that may help your senior pet in cold weather. We do not endorse or promote any of these products or companies. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your pet. 

 

Even furry dogs tend to lose their fur as they age and the winter months can be especially difficult for senior pets. A winter coat or jacket can help keep your senior pet warm when outdoors. 

Older cats are more susceptible to chills in colder weather and a sweater can help keep them warmer when outside, especially during the colder months. 

Dog booties or boots can keep your senior pet’s feet from getting wet and cold during colder months. Some also feature a non-skid bottom which can help keep older pets from sliding around, as they often do. 

Some older dogs live outdoors, or spend a lot of time outdoors and it is important they stay as hydrated as possible – with plenty of cool, clean, fresh water. Water bowls that stay outside tend to freeze over and a heated water bowl can ensure that your senior pet always has access to his water. 

As pets age they can chill more easily in cold weather. A heated cat house can help keep your outdoor cat comfortable in even the coldest weather. 

Some older dogs love to stay outside, and for some pet owners it is practical for them as well. Older dogs tend to chill more than younger dogs, so it is important that their home is warm and comfortable. A heated dog house can help. 

When pets go outdoors in winter, they can track in salt and sand from weather treated roads, driveways and sidewalks. Grooming wipes allow you to clean your pet’s fur and feet to ensure they don’t ingest harmful chemicals.

During winter months, many pet owners treat their sidewalks and driveway with chemicals that are harmful, and sometimes toxic to senior pets. Pet friendly ice melt is safer for pets and gentler on their paws. 

Every pet owner should always be prepared for an emergency, especially for a senior pet. No matter the time of year, it is important to be prepared and have supplies on hand to care for a sick pet, especially to communicate more effectively with your vet – such as temperature, wound care, etc. 

How to Soothe Pet Crying and Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is triggered when dogs become upset typically because they have been separated from their caretakers. Dogs with separation anxiety will bark, howl or display other distress behaviors typically within a short time of being left alone. 

Fortunately there is help for anxious pets. First, it is important to rule out medical problems that can contribute to anxiety or anxious behavior. Speak with your vet to determine if an underlying medical condition is part of the cause. 

There are also other behavioral issues that can resemble separation anxiety such as boredom, excitement urination, outside disturbances. If you have ruled out a medical condition or behavioral issue, then you may want to try other at home remedies to help soothe your anxious pet. 

Gradual separation – stepping out of view for short periods can help desensitize your pet to your absence. 

Exercise – exercising your pet before you leave can help tire him out so he will be more relaxed. Some vets recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic activity such as running or swimming to help your pet relax while you are gone

Busy bones or kong toys stuffed with treats, peanut butter or cheese can keep dogs busy while you are out

Soothing toys – there are several toys available that emit a low sound and can soothe a pet in distress

Television or radio – keep the TV or radio on when you leave so your pet will be less sensitive to every outside noise and it can help him feel that someone is in the home with him

Automatic treat feeders – an automatic treat feeder will help your pet focus more on his treats than you being gone and can help

Some or all of these strategies may or may not work for your elderly pet in distress. If these tactics do not work, your vet may recommend an anti-anxiety medication. 

It is important that you not scold or punish your dog. Remember, your dog is acting out because he is trying to cope with the stress and anxiety of you being gone. Punishing him will make him more anxious and stressed. So be patient and try some of the strategies we have outlined to help your pet feel better when you are gone. And be sure to give him lots of love and affection when you return. 

Some of the following products may help. We do not endorse or promote any of these products or companies. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your pet. 

Snuggle Puppy helps reduce negative behaviors such as whining and barking and can help pets transition to a new home or even reduce stress caused by fireworks or thunderstorms. Features a real feel pulsing heartbeat and heat pack to calm your pet. 

The Kong classic dog toy can be stuffed with peanut butter, cheese, treats and more to help occupy your pet while you are away.

This camera is also a treat dispenser which has a 2-way audio and barking alert and barking sensor to let you know when your dog is barking and sends a push notification to your phone when it detects barking. You can talk with your pet and calm them down via the app and send them a treat when they relax. 

Elderly Pet Travel Safety

Elderly pets are at greater risk for injury during travel because some may not react as quickly as a younger pet would if a vehicle stops short or is in an accident. Many animals, especially dogs, love driving in the car with their head out the window. This is not only unsafe but can put an animal at risk for serious injury. Pets should be secured in a moving vehicle to prevent unnecessary injury should there be any sort of sudden movements or accidents. Pets should travel in the back seat of the vehicle and if your pet likes the wind in his face, the window should be opened only slightly so as to prevent your pet from attempting to jump from a moving vehicle. 

When traveling with pets, keeping them safe is important. Keeping them comfortable is another consideration. Leather seats can get hot in summer and cold in winter. A blanket or cover on the back seat will not only protect your back seats, but will also provide comfort as well as protection in the event your pet soils during the trip. 

Another concern when traveling with pets is distraction. A pet that is not secured in the backseat can easily distract the driver of the vehicle and cause serious injury or death if there is an accident. 

Flying with Pets

When flying with a pet, only small cats and dogs are allowed in most airline cabins and they must fit in the carrier that fits under the seat in front of you at all times. Larger dogs can fly in the planes cargo hold with some capacity and weather restrictions. Service animals or emotional support animals can travel in the cabin with a disabled passenger on many airlines. 

Airlines have restrictions on the weight of the pet as well as the pet carrier used for flying with pets to determine where your pet will be traveling, so be sure to check with your airline to ensure that your pet carrier meets size requirements. 

Train Travel with Pets

Traveling by train is similar to other modes of travel, but Amtrak has some requirements that may differ from the airlines. For instance, to travel by train with a pet, the trip must be 7 hours or less, you may only travel with one pet per passenger for travel in a compliant pet carrier, travel is Coach only with pets, pets must be at least 8 weeks old, pet must be stowed under the seat in a compliant pet carrier, and the combined weight of your pet with the carrier must not exceed 20 pounds. 

Carriers must be leakproof and waterproof with adequate ventilation. Many trains have carrier size restrictions as well. Typically there is a cost to travel with a pet. 

Medically certified service animals can ride on any train traveling in the continental US. Other countries have specific requirements and restrictions. 

Rules for traveling with pets on a train varies from place to place, so it is important that you check with the train company you are traveling with to determine what the current rules are. Some trains do not accept pets.

Bus Travel with Pets

The rules for traveling with a pet on a bus are similar to train and airline travel, with most requiring that the pet be in a carrier that fits under the seat. However, not all bus lines allow you to travel with your pet so it is important that you contact the bus line before traveling to ensure your pet is allowed on board. Many have special rules or procedures for boarding with a pet, so it is best to know what to expect ahead of time and contact the bus company first. 

Securing your Pet

Today, there are many ways to help secure a pet, similar to how a person is secured in a moving vehicle. There are simple tether seat belts that attach to your dog’s harness and buckle in the seat belt clip. A basic seat belt clip is the simplest, least expensive option for securing your pet when traveling in any sort of vehicle that has a seat belt.  

We do not endorse or promote any of these products or companies. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your pet. 

Tethers or seat belts work similar to a regular seat belt. One end of the tether clicks into the seat belt buckle and the other end fastens to your pet’s harness. Never secure a tether to a pet’s collar because sudden stop can cause the pet to choke and break its neck. By securing the tether to the harness, the animal may become injured during a crash, but the harness combined with the tether will keep the animal from catapulting forward off the seat.

With a booster seat, the entire seat secures to the vehicle keeping the seat completely in place during sudden stops/starts or crashes. The pet is then secured to the seat with a clip – but the clip should be secured to a harness, not the pet’s neck collar. There are many videos that show the clip secured to a pet’s collar and if the vehicle suddenly stops, the animal can choke. Always tether an animal at the harness instead to avoid such injuries.

A backseat bridge helps fill the gap in the backseat between the front and back seats, creating a platform for the animal to land on in the event of a sudden stop or start, to prevent the animal from falling to the floor. A backseat bridge can make a pet feel more comfortable when traveling in a vehicle because it provides a flat surface for them.

Similar to a bridge, a backseat hammock fills the gap between the back and the front seats, providing your pet with the illusion of more room to stretch out and relax. By providing more surface area for your pet, it can help your pet feel more comfortable when traveling.

Elderly pets often need a boost when getting in and out of a vehicle. Ramps are especially useful when your older pet needs assistance. It easily allows pets to enter and exit the vehicle, without straining your back.

Pet lifts assist owners with safely lifting the pet in the vehicle. This is especially helpful for older pets who may not be able to jump in the car on their own. Pet lifts are great for older pets, not just for travel but to help assist them in and out of the house as well. 

Pet carriers are great for both cats and dogs. They can help easily transport pets to vet visits or other outings, keeping them safe and secure. Be sure to secure the carrier with a seat belt  – this particular carrier secures to the back seat to ensure pet stays put. 

Read more about the different types of pet carriers options for senior pets.

Whatever pet travel solution you choose for your elderly pet, you can rest assured that your pet will feel more safe and secure when traveling in a vehicle, airplane, train or bus if you secure them properly. 

Best Cat Toys for Elderly Pets

Older cats have similar limitations as older dogs. Teeth become more fragile and if they have developed an illness like arthritis, they may not be as active as they once were. It is best to keep toys soft, yet stimulating and just like dogs, cats enjoy interacting with their pet parents. 

Wands

Cats of all ages love wands. This interactive robotic cat toy is made of high quality ABS material and is set to work 10 minutes every 1.5 hours so when pet parents are not at home, the toy will interact with your cat appropriately. 

Hunting Toys

Cats love mice and birds and hunting is a natural instinct even for house bound elderly pets. This value pack of catnip filled mice is great for any cat and it is filled with pure and potent catnip that is produced without chemicals or pesticides. 

Roller Ball Toys

Most cats love playing with balls, but as cats get older, chasing balls around the house can be too much physical activity for them. Roller ball toys are perfect for cats that love to chase but are not as able as they once were. This Roller Ball Toy has over 7600 positive reviews and is stacked with sturdy construction and is multi level with a non slip base to hold the cat track and ball toys in place. 

Hiding Toys

Every cat loves to hide and snuggle in small spaces. Hiding toys are great for cat curiosity and great for older cats. This collapsible and portable hiding toy offers 3 spacious tunnels with built in crinkle crackle paper, peephole and bell toy that give your cat more ways to have fun. Provides hours of exercise and self amusement. Comes in a wide variety of colors. 

Peek & Play Toys

Peek and play toys are both mentally and physically stimulating, encouraging your cat to poke and prod while she attempts to capture the hidden toys. This heavy duty wooden toy box allows you to hide toys inside and keep cats curious and both mentally and physically sharp. Works with almost any appropriately sized toy or catnip. Encourages cats’ natural predatory behavior. 

Scratching Toys

This cat scratching lounge is great for older cats; it is the first 3 sided cat scratcher that your cat can use both as a scratch post and a place to lounge, sleep and rest. Comes with a reversible cardboard lounge scratch pad and catnip. Prevents cats from damaging furniture, lasts long and cats love it!

 

Best Dog Toys for Elderly Pets

Choosing the best possible toys for your elderly pet can be challenging but if you are aware of your pet’s limitations and preferences, it should not be too daunting to find an appropriate toy for your senior pet. 

For senior dogs, remember that their teeth may not be as strong as they once were so certain chew toys may no longer be appropriate for an older pet. If you are unsure, have your vet evaluate your pet’s teeth to ensure that the chew toys you are considering are still good. Tug toys are typically good choices for dogs are plush toys with squeakers, providing your dog doesn’t try to remove the squeaker. 

Many older dogs would rather just interact with you than with a toy. Games that stimulate the mind but that don’t ask much of the body are good games to play with your elderly pet. Short walks or car rides may provide the stimulation your dog needs. 

Frisbees

Toys that are thrown to a dog to catch should not be hard or heavy because they can cause damage to front teeth. Games of catch can be strenuous for elderly pets, so be sure to monitor your dog during play and take breaks when necessary. This frisbee is soft and flexible and designed 

Rubber Chew Toys

Rubber chew toys filled with treats will keep your elderly pet busy for prolonged periods. Kong toys are mentally and physically stimulating to prevent boredom, separation anxiety and other behavioral issues. 

Soft Squeaker Toys

Soft toys that squeak are great companions for elderly pets so even dogs with diminished hearing can enjoy the squeaking sounds. These toys have no stuffing that can be pulled out. Safe for your elderly pet to play with and will be more durable because most dogs are less tempted to kill an unstuffed toy. 

Stuffed Pillows

Dogs love pillows not only to play with but also to rest on throughout the day. These pillows are large enough to support your furry friend and to play with. The bone shape is appealing to dogs of all ages and this bone plush pillow in soft sherpa material comes in 3 sizes. 

Soft Balls

Soft balls are gentler on your elderly pets teeth and great for older pets who still love to chase their ball around the house. This ball is a soft interactive dog toy that bounces but has a soft outer plush cover. Choose from 4 designs. 

Tug Toys

Tug toys are great for senior pets who still love to play and toss their toys around, even if just for short bursts of time throughout the day. These adorable tug toys are soft, cozy and super cute. 

How a Lift Harness Can Help Older Dogs

When a dog becomes a senior; for large dogs at age 5 or 6, and for smaller dogs at age 7, they may start to experience limited mobility or arthritis from an old injury or just from advancing in age. Disabled pets or even younger pets with hip dysplasia may also have limited mobility. A dog lift harness is designed to provide support to your dog, giving them the confidence to continue to perform daily tasks like going up and down the stairs, getting into a car, getting onto furniture or simply going for a walk. 

A dog lift harness is a sling with a handle that wraps around a part of your dog’s body. It can wrap around the front of the body, the back of the body, the mid section or in some cases, some lifts are designed to support and lift a dog’s entire body. Lift harnesses are designed to take weight off your dog’s spine, hips and legs by lifting the handle up gently. 

There are many reasons to use a lift harness with your dog. If your dog has hip dysplasia, has had knee surgery or has arthritis, a lift can help take some of the weight off his joints and hips, an alleviate discomfort and pain. Any of these illnesses, or injuries, can cause pain and limited mobility and a lift harness can help enable your dog to function more normally, albeit with assistance.

Lifts should not be worn all the time, rather they should only be worn when your pet is engaged in an activity. They should be removed during sleep, or anytime your pet is not active. Wearing a harness for extended periods can cause hot spots, or discomfort. 

For an older dog that is overweight, and having difficulties getting around, a whole body harness can help your pet get around better. There are also harnesses that just lift your pet at the stomach or at the rear or front legs, depending on where your dog’s limitations are. 

A harness is also especially useful to pet owners. If your dog is having difficulty getting around, the alternative is you lifting your dog unassisted. This can cause pet owners pain and discomfort of your own accord; a lift can help ease your own pain and discomfort associated with lifting your dog, especially if your have a large or heavy dog. Look for a lift harness that has adjustable straps so you can adjust the harness to fight your height and protect your back.

Dog lift harnesses come in different sizes and styles. A lift harness should be made of durable materials to support your dog’s weight and last for a long time. Be sure to look for a harness that does not irritate your dog’s skin and is made of soft materials with padding on the inside. 

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Can Dog Food Help Target Specific Health Conditions

As pet’s age, your dog’s nutritional needs may change and some dog’s develop certain health conditions that require your vet’s intervention. Unfortunately, not all interventions address the underlying condition but rather, treat symptoms rather than the root cause of the issue. Many owners look to dog food brands that are specifically designed for senior dogs to help with senior dog issues, but senior dog food may not address your dog’s specific needs. For example, here are a few common pet health conditions that typically require a change in diet:

  • Gastrointestinal issues mean your dog should be eating more complex carbohydrates and cut down on the fat or protein to calm the digestive system.
  • Hypertension and high blood pressure require a reduced-sodium diet and ideally fewer processed ingredients.
  • Gluten or carbohydrate sensitivity should mean limited corn and grain, and meals should include alternatives like legumes, lentils, and berries as carbohydrate sources.
  • Tapeworms and parasites usually indicate sugar levels are too high, and food must be higher in protein and healthy fats to starve the bug.
  • Skin and coat problems are common for dogs with lots of hair, since dead skin cells can build up and lead to infection. Grooming is the best way to handle these issues, but a diet high in omega 3 fatty acids can also smooth things out.
  • Arthritis and other issues related to joint and bone health are very common, especially for bigger dogs. Whole-food ingredients packed with protein and fat are essential to keep them strong inside and out.

Just like humans, animals can change their course by simply making dietary adjustments conducive to addressing the issue at hand. Most veterinarians recommend home cooked meals for some pets especially for pets with certain illnesses. Unfortunately, unless the home cooked diet is developed by a vet nutritionist, it very likely does not contain the proper level of nutrients and supplements ideal for dogs with certain illnesses. 

Home cooked meals that are developed by vet nutritionists are one option for providing your dog with optimal nutrition especially if they have certain health conditions; but not all pet owners have the time to home cook meals for themselves, let alone for their furry friend. 

In recent years, several dog food companies have come on the scene to address this void in the market between commercial dog food you can purchase at the grocery store and home cooked alternatives that can provide more balanced nutrition, especially to address certain conditions. 

Some dog food companies even customize their home cooked recipes to specifically address certain conditions your dog may have, as well as their age, energy level and other dietary concerns you may have. 

When it comes to dog food for older dogs, most veterinarians agree that the size, shape, and quantity of dog food is more important than food designed for a specific breed of dog. Most vets also agree that fresh food is one of the best options for every type of dog. If you do not have time to home cook daily meals for your pet, then there are fresh food services available that can fill the need. 

 

We do not endorse or promote any products or companies. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your senior pet.

Senior Pet Food for Elderly Pets

As your pet ages, you may find that their eagerness to eat diminishes or if they develop an illness, you may be concerned if their diet is helping to manage the disease. However, deciding on the “best” diet for an older dog or cat can be a difficult decision; there is no one best diet for every older animal. The aging process depends on a variety of factors including breed, genetics, and health problems. Just because a food is marketed for older animals or because your pet reaches a certain age, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is time to switch to senior cat or dog food.

Although most pets are considered senior pets at age 7, not all pets will exhibit signs of aging like lower energy and the tendency to gain fat and lose muscle. Immune function and kidney function may also decline with age, although the degree to which this occurs will depend on the individual animal.Although your pet may be considered an older pet, adjustment of his diet may or may not be necessary or even desirable in older animals. Many older dogs and cats can continue to eat a good quality commercial adult diet and do not need to be changed to a different diet, especially if they are still eating well and have no health problems.

Other aging dogs and cats, however, may benefit from a switch to a “senior” diet. It is important to understand that there is no legal definition for “senior” foods – diets marketed as senior diets need to follow the same legal guidelines as diets for adult pets. Some foods will meet the needs of an individual animal better than others.

Some of the nutrients that may need to be adjusted as a pet ages (but are not necessarily modified in individual senior diets) include the following:

  1. Protein: There is no evidence that a diet low in protein or high in protein is optimal for an aging pet. The subject is still quite controversial and unless your vet suggests otherwise, no adjustment to the amount of protein your pet gets is advised.
  1. Phosphorus: Lowering dietary phosphorus has been shown to be beneficial in pets with kidney disease, but it is not known whether low dietary phosphorus can reduce the risk of development of kidney disease. It is important to work with your veterinarian to determine how much phosphorus is recommended for your pet.
  1. Sodium: Sodium levels vary widely in senior diets. Restricting dietary sodium is unnecessary for the general population of older dogs and cats, but may be recommended if heart disease, high blood pressure, or kidney disease are present.
  1. Calories: Older pets may tend to gain weight as they age (although some lose weight) and calorie consumption may be a concern if either situation exists. Extra pounds around the middle can cause or worsen other diseases, such as diabetes or arthritis. The calories in commercial senior diets for dogs and cats vary widely so you should work with your veterinarian to carefully select the most appropriate diet for your senior pet to maintain his or her optimal body weight.
  1. Fiber: Increased fiber intake may be useful for dogs and cats that have certain intestinal issues, but high fiber foods are not right for all older animals. For example, many of the commercial high fiber diets would not be ideal for animals that have difficulty maintaining weight since these diets are typically low in calories. It is important to consult with your vet if your pet has difficulty maintaining weight.
  1. Supplemental vitamins and minerals: If you’re feeding your pet a good quality commercial food, supplementation is typically not unnecessary. While some supplements may be helpful if your pet has certain illnesses, it is important to note that supplements are regulated very differently from drugs and there may be  concerns with safety, effectiveness and quality control. It is important to discuss any supplements you are considering for your pet with your vet because many have side effects and possible interactions with medications.

If your senior dog or cat is healthy, in good body condition, and eating a good quality nutritionally balanced diet, there is no reason to change foods. However, if your pet has developed arthritis, diabetes, cancer, dental problems, heart disease, or kidney disease, dietary adjustments may help improve symptoms or even slow progression of the disease.

There are many good quality commercial diets available today, and their variable nutrient content provides many choices for optimizing the health of your elderly dog and cat. We strongly encourage you to work with your pet’s vet to find the pet food that would be best for your dog or cat’s medical situation.

We do not endorse or promote any of these products or companies. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your senior pet. 

Elderly Pet Dental Care

Elderly pets are at higher risk for tooth decay and gum problems than younger pets. Pet parents must be especially vigilant with older pets to ensure that their teeth and gums stay healthy and strong into pet old age. 

AVMA recommends that all pets be seen by their vet at least once per year to check your pet’s teeth and gums. It is also recommended that you conduct frequent checks of your pet’s mouth to look for any issues that may present themselves. 

Call your vet if your pet exhibits any of the following warning signs of dental disease:

  • bad breath
  • broken or loose teeth
  • extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • pain in or around the mouth
  • bleeding from the mouth
  • swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

And while most tooth or gum related illnesses can be treated oftentimes with anesthesia, older pets may be at higher risk for anesthesia dental cleanings if they have other underlying medical conditions. Therefore, prevention is the key to caring for your pet’s mouth.

Pet parents are encouraged to check their pet’s mouth monthly to ensure that their pet’s mouth is clean. Regular brushing is the single most effective thing you can do to keep your pet’s teeth healthy between dental cleanings by your vet. Even brushing just several times per week can be effective. There are a number of products available that can help you brush your pet’s teeth more effectively and there are some products that aid your pet in their brushing. Speak with your vet before purchasing dental products, treats or dental-specific diets you may consider for your pet. 

Below are some ideas on products that are available to assist you with taking care of your pet’s teeth. We do not endorse or promote any of these products or companies. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your pet. 

Bathing Elderly Pets

Bathing pets as they get older can be challenging because elderly pets often have health issues or skin conditions that can make bathing them a challenge. And taking them to the groomer may be too much of an ordeal for an older pet. All pets need to be bathed from time to time, especially if their skin becomes irritated easily or if they suffer from allergies. Following are some tips to keep in mind before you attempt to bath an elderly pet.

What you will need:

  • Wash basin or tub
  • Two to three towels depending on the size of your pet
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Cotton balls
  • Blow dryer
  • Brush and comb
  • Large paper or plastic cup
  • Helper for large pets or arthritic pets who may need assistance getting in and out of the tub

Preparing the wash area

Fill a sturdy wash basin or tub that is large enough for your pet – be sure the water is not too hot or too cold. Use the back of your wrist or your elbow to test the temperature. Fill the basin part way.

Place a dry towel on the floor and place one to two towels within arms reach to dry your pet.

Plug in a blow dryer far enough away from the wash area, but nearby so that you can reach your pet after the bath is complete.

Gather your shampoo, conditioner, brush, comb, plastic cup, and cotton balls.

 

Preparing your pet

Make sure that you remove your pet’s collar and anything else that should not get wet.

Escort or carry your pet over to the wash basin and gently lower him into the basin. Place one cotton ball in each ear to prevent water from getting in his ears.

Using the cup or the shower head, rinse your pet thoroughly with warm water. Be sure to test the water before you begin. Then shampoo your pet from head to toe. Elderly pets should use very mild shampoos and conditioners that are hypo allergenic. Their skin tends to be thinner and more sensitive so mild shampoos are recommended.

Completely rinse your pet with warm water and ensure that you get under his stomach and under his tail. When washing and rinsing his face, put his head back and block his nose from getting water in it.

Comb out any areas that are matted or where discharge may collect, especially around the eyes and rinse thoroughly; but be sure to be extremely careful and do not pull but rather gently come out the matted areas. If necessary, leave them and trim them later with a scissor.

 

Drying your pet

Take one or two towels and dry your pet as best you can being sure to rub gently and avoiding any warts or skin irritations. Gently pat his face area. Remove the cotton balls from his ears. Be sure to dry his ears with the towel and dry the outside and inside of his ears to ensure that water doesn’t collect in the ear canal and cause bacteria to grow.

Blow dry your pet with the blow dryer on the coolest setting and do not leave the blow dryer in one area for too long. Move the blow dryer with sweeping motions back and forth until the area is dry. Place your hand between the blow dryer and your pet to ensure that the blow dryer does not get too hot. Brush your pet once he is dry to ensure that all areas are dry.

Be sure to completely dry the floor with one of the towels before you and your pet exit the area to ensure that no one slips or falls.

Treat your pet to a special bone or cookie to reward him for being such a cooperative pet. Treats can be used for positive reinforcement and even an older pet will endure bath time if they know they will be rewarded with a treat.

 

Precautions

Some articles recommend applying tea tree oil after a bath to help soothe skin irritations. This is not recommended because tea tree oil can be toxic to pets and should be avoided. Instead, if your pet doesn’t smell clean and fresh or has some minor skin irritations, speak with your vet about oral medications that can help soothe them. There are other over the counter products that are not toxic that can also be used.

Below are some useful items that may assist you when bathing senior pets. We do not endorse or promote any of these products or companies. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your dog. 

This shampoo is natural anti itch oatmeal shampoo for dogs and cats; hypoallergenic soothing relief for dry, itchy, bitten or allergy damaged skin, hot spot treatment, vet and pet approved. 

This pet brush is double sided with bamboo handle for long or short hairs; removes shedding, tangles and dirt. 

A pet comb removes tangles, knots, loose fur and dirt. Ideal for everyday use. 

A portable wash basin is suitable for small to medium sized pets and should be portable and foldable. Perfect for cats, dogs or other small pets.

Waterless pet shampoo is great for keeping your senior pet fresh in between baths. Not all pets love a bath, so a waterless option is great for in between. 

Pet nail clippers allow you to keep your senior pet’s nails short so they don’t slide all over the floors. Use caution when trimming senior pet nails and be sure not to trim them too short. 

It’s a good idea to trim your pet’s fur once in a while so that fur doesn’t get in his eyes or the fur between his toes doesn’t get too long. Either of which can cause issues for your senior pet.