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 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.
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.
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 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.