Do Large Breed Older Dogs Need Orthopedic Pet Beds?

Large breed dogs such as mastiff, great dane or other big dogs have special needs and health issues that other smaller breeds don’t have. As these dogs age, these health issues can become much worse. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, a large breed dog is considered a senior at age 5 or 6 years of age. 

Because these dogs carry massive amounts of weight, many of these dogs endure a lot of strain on their skeletal system, muscles, joints and ligaments – making them more prone to health issues in these areas. The keys to health and longevity of large breed dogs is proper nutrition, good quality dog food, low impact exercise to protect the joints, and good quality bedding that is large enough to accommodate their large frame. 

Your local veterinarian is your best source of information for caring for a large breed dog, especially an older dog, especially when it comes to their nutritional needs and exercise. Typically, most vets recommend low impact exercise for large breed dogs, like walking or swimming. Running tends to be harder on the joints and can wear down their joints faster, so minimizing running is typically recommended. 

Large breed dogs, especially older dogs, tend to sleep around 18 hours per day on average, meaning they are laying down most of the day. If your dog is not getting healthy REM sleep, his body will tire more quickly and he will experience more stress throughout the day. 

It is very important to find a dog bed that will provide proper support for hips, joints and bones to protect them from common illnesses like hip dysplasia, arthritis, and a host of other joint and skeletal issues. If your older large breed dog is slowing down, and resting more than usual, it may be time to consider a quality dog bed that provides the support they need. A good, quality dog bed will give your older dog more energy and better quality of life, especially if their quality of sleep is better. 

A therapeutic large breed dog bed will help soothe and reduce symptoms of canine ailments endemic to big dogs. A quality dog bed can reduce these symptoms through better circulation, proper support and a more restful and deep sleep. Dog beds that crumple and cave in don’t allow for optimum circulation due to uneven support. Uneven support can even cut off blood flow to certain areas of a dog’s body. 

Good circulation and blood flow is the key to good health, but also key to assisting the body in repairing injured or sore areas. A supportive and comfortable dog bed can alleviate the pain and symptoms of arthritis and other ailments. 

A good therapeutic bed will allow your dog to rest and sleep more soundly, which will help promote better longevity as well as joint, hip and overall health. 

A proper dog bed will not only optimize circulation, but it will also cushion and take stress off joints and hips. A true therapeutic dog bed will evenly support and cushion these problem areas of older big dogs. 

Memory foam is the leading foam for dog beds. It is also known as visco elastic foam or some variation of that foam. However, dog beds that are 100% memory foam are not ideal because they lack a supportive base to provide optimal benefits. When selecting a large breed dog bed, look for a dog bed that has memory foam but also a supportive foam base. 

Here are some other features to look for in an orthopedic dog bed.

  • CertiPUR-US Certified Foam
  • Foam is free of PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants, mercury, lead, heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates, CFC’s.
  • Non-Hazardous Foam
  • Foam Designed For Large Breed Dog Beds
  • No-Flat Guarantee
  • Non-Toxic, Hypoallergenic Materials
  • 4.5 lb Density Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
  • Heavy Duty Zipper With Cover To Prevent Chewing

To learn more about orthopedic pet bedding, visit the Bully Beds website below. 

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.

How to Help a Senior Dog with Incontinence

As dogs get older, they may start to lose control over their bladder and bowels. Oftentimes, incontinence can be a symptom of several types of conditions. Certain breeds are more prone to develop incontinence and female dogs are more likely to develop urinary incontinence. Certain large breed dogs are more common to develop fecal incontinence. There are several medications that can be used to help with dog incontinence. 

If your senior dog has issues with incontinence, it is advisable that you consult with your vet first to determine the underlying condition. Dog diapers, belly bands and pee pads can help manage senior dog incontinence. Washable bedding and plastic sheets can also be used to help protect flooring or furniture. Water restriction, especially at bedtime, may also help in some cases. 

It’s important to note that house trained dogs often feel embarrassed when they soil indoors. Pee pads or indoor training can also help, as can taking your pet out more often. Dog diapers can be used, depending on the severity of the incontinence and whether it is urine or fecal. There are both disposable and washable diapers. Belly bands are used for male dogs to inhibit peeing, but they can also be used for light incontinence when used with a panty liner placed inside to soak up urine. Overalls are great for dogs who try to remove the diapers. Pee pads are great for dogs who may have difficulty getting up and down stairs to go outside, or for those senior dogs who may have frequent urination due to illness.  

Below are a few examples of incontinence products you might consider for senior dogs with incontinence issues. 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 treating dog incontinence to rule out medical issues that can be treated by your vet. 

 

Disposable Male Dog Wraps

Disposable diapers should be adjustable to fit your dog comfortably. If the diaper has elastic edges it will allow for freedom of movement and leg lifting comfort. A wetness indicator helps you know when the diaper needs changing. 

Washable Male Wraps Diapers

Washable diapers are nice because they have no crinkle or uncomfortable texture. A velcro closure makes taking them on and off easy. Be sure the diaper pad sewn inside has a waterproof outer layer to prevent leaks and damage to rugs, etc. 

Female Dog Disposable Diapers

Disposable diapers designed for female dogs provide leak protection for dogs in heat, for dogs who suffer from excitable urination or incontinent dogs. Female dog diapers can also be used for urine, poop, diarrhea, and bowel incontinence. 

Washable Female Dog Diapers

Dog Diaper Overall

If your senior pet doesn’t like wearing an incontinence product then you may want to consider a diaper overall that cannot be easily pulled off.  Overall diapers are also suitable for odd-shaped or long-body dogs. 

Waterproof Dog Bed

A waterproof dog bed can be used as a stand-alone bed or inside a dog crate and is helpful for incontinent dogs because the washable cover zips off and is waterproof with a rubber grip non slip bottom. 

Indoor Potties

Some incontinent dogs have trouble getting outside, either due to hip dysplasia or arthritis, and become incontinent because of the difficulty they have getting in and out of the house. Indoor potties are also helpful if you are away extended hours and can’t give your pet the relief they need, especially as they age and cannot hold their urine or feces as long as they did when they were younger. 

Providing your senior dog with an indoor area to potty can help dogs get to their potty area faster, especially if going outside means navigating stairs or waiting for an elevator. This type of potty can be used on a balcony, deck or indoors for your pet’s convenience. 

Dog Urine Cleaning Products

Eliminate odors and stains, including urine, feces, vomit and drool with a stain and odor remover meant to eliminated dog incontinence messes. A product with a natural enzyme formula is safe for pets and home and can be used on floors, carpets, furniture, clothing, litter boxes, kennels, crates, and car upholstery.

Supplements for Urinary Health

If your dog is having difficulty with urine flow and inflammation or leaking urine, then it is important to speak with your vet about causes and potential treatments. Supplements may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and encourage a healthy urine flow. Always consult with your vet before giving your dog any supplements as some can interfere with medications your dog may be taking. 

How a Pet Stroller May Help Your Senior Dog or Cat

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 pet stroller can prove very useful depending on your needs and the needs of your pet.

A pet stroller may seem a little strange at first, especially because most people expect small children or babies in a stroller, but pet strollers for dogs and cats are becoming more popular and accepted because a stroller is often a much safer alternative to walking a leashed pet, especially in certain situations.

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

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

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 stroller, then more places might allow your pet into their establishment. A pet stroller can help you enjoy certain locations without worrying about whether your leashed pet is allowed.

Is your pet older?

Senior pets (large dogs over age 6 and 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 stroller can help keep stress off your arms and back, by allowing you to just push your furry friend.

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 stroller 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 stroller can make traveling easier for your pet.

Are you concerned with leaving your pet alone at home?

Some pets may have seizures or require 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 stroller 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 stroller 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 stroller offers a level of containment, confinement and security for an anxious pet. A pet stroller 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 stroller can protect your pet from the elements.

Do you have physical limitations that make controlling your leashed pet challenging?

Some pet owners have physical limitations, whether due to age or illness that may cause them to have difficulties controlling a leashed pet. For instance, if you walk with a cane, or if your dog is a puller and you are of a smaller frame, it may be hard for you to control your pet on a walk. A stroller can help you feel more secure and in control when traveling with your pet.

Sometimes, it’s not about anything except pampering your furry friend. If your dog or cat enjoys being outdoors with you, rather than cooped up in the house, and if you think your pet would enjoy strolling along in a pet stroller, than that’s the only need to consider.

Which pet stroller to choose?

So you’ve decided to invest in a pet stroller to transport your pet. Which pet stroller is right for you? There are a wide variety of pet strollers: there are jogging strollers, ultra-light strollers, strollers for large dogs, strollers for multiple dogs, strollers for cats, strollers for multiple cats, strollers that are completely enclosed, and strollers that allow your pet to be partially exposed. A lot depends on the type of outings you plan on using the stroller for. 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 stroller, 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 stroller, then you need to factor the combined weight and size and ensure that the stroller is large enough to accommodate multiple pets comfortably.

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 stroller to chase something or someone. A stroller 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 stroller that features an opening for him to stick his head out of. Most of these strollers will allow you to tether your pet to the stroller so they can’t escape.

How do you plan to use the stroller?

Will you be using the stroller to go to the mall or a restaurant or will you be jogging with your pet? The type of activity should determine which stroller would best suit your needs. Ultra-light strollers are probably better for leisurely walking, where a jogging stroller might be better for higher intensity activity.

Will you be traveling at night?

Some strollers have reflective material that are better for traveling at nighttime. Reflectors can always be purchased separately if you find that you are using the stroller a lot at night, but if you anticipate that evening excursions are your thing, then a stroller with reflective material is a great feature to have.

What is the weather going to be like?

Some strollers are weather resistant and are designed to keep your pet dry when it rains or snows. If you live in a climate where it is really hot, then a stroller with a lot of venting is probably better. If you live in a climate that is really cold, then an enclosed stroller might be warmer. If you live in a climate where it rains or snows and you will be outside in those conditions, then a water resistant or waterproof stroller might be best. Most companies sell optional, removable waterproof covers, so if you find a stroller you like but its not waterproof, a cover may solve the problem.

Key features to look for:

When selecting a pet stroller, look for features that will not only benefit your pet, but you as well. Features like cup holders, purse compartments, a storage basket, easy front and rear entry, retractable rain hoods, easy locking entry, etc. are just a few of the features that will make your trips with your pet more enjoyable for him, and for you.

Pet strollers are designed specifically for pets, or multiple pets. Unlike baby strollers, they have certain features that you may not find with a stroller 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 strollers, 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 stroller may be something to consider.  

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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.

Why a Flat Feeding Plate is Better for Finicky Senior Pets

As pets age, many become finicky eaters who can make meal time frustrating for pet parents. Pet owners often think that switching to senior pet food, adding wet food, broth, food toppers or sprays, or some other tactic will help their senior pet eat better. However, in some cases, the food is not the issue. Rather, it is the pet feeding dish that causes distress for many older pets. 

Cats and dogs are domesticated wild animals whose survival depends on their awareness of their surroundings, especially when they are eating. A traditional feeding bowl obstructs an animal’s vision, and for cats can cause whisker stress especially if a pet’s whiskers, tags, or bowl height prevent them from putting their face in the bowl to eat. 

Some senior pets simply prefer to eat off the ground, which is how all pets eat in the wild. A traditional bowl goes against their natural animal instinct and some pets, especially senior pets who may have a diminished appetite, simply refuse to eat.  This can be especially distressful if you have an insulin dependent senior pet who needs to eat at regular intervals in order to receive his medication.

Another common issue often seen with older, finicky pets is that they prefer to be hand fed, or they will only eat treats, but they refuse food from their bowl. This is often another indication that the pet prefers eating from the floor, and another perspective on why a flat plate may be a solution. 

A flat feeding plate is the closest thing to a pet eating off the floor without having to resort to disgusting paper plates or even worse, eating off the dirty floor. A flat plate can also keep food in the dish, rather than dumping it all over the floor and making a mess everywhere. 
 

A flat plate is closer to the ground, which for smaller dogs and cats, is a more natural feeding position. A flat plate is not obstructive so your pet can see what is around him while he eats, and pet tags won’t hit the rim of a flat plate when pets are eating. Many animals are alarmed and become afraid of their feeding bowl because of the noise their tag makes when it hits the rim of the bowl. 

Another consideration when feeding senior pets is the material a feeding dish is made of. A BPA free plate won’t absorb bacteria the way other materials, like plastic and silicone can. Stainless steel dishes can be radioactive. 

A good flat plate should be made of high quality materials and be dishwasher as well as microwave safe. 

Should you have any questions about your finicky senior pet not eating at mealtime, it is important to consult your vet with any concerns you may have. If illness is not the issue, then switching to a flat plate might be the answer. 

Below are two examples of dogs who would not eat before switching to a flat plate.

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What Type of Dog Food Is Appropriate for Diabetic Dog

Senior dogs can become very finicky as they age and if they develop an illness like diabetes, it can become critical for them to eat regular meals. A diabetic dog or a senior dog that won’t eat can become very stressful and concerning for pet parents. Specially formulated diets can sometimes help feed even the most finicky senior pets. 

Specially formulated dog food uses your dog’s unique profile details and a proprietary algorithm to determine a custom meal plan that offers optimal calorie intake for healthy weight. 

Crafted Kibble offers a fully customized, subscription-based dog food delivery service that gives your pet flavorful, nutrient-filled meals that are already pre-portioned out just for them. The also offer a grain-free option which is lower in carbs, and ideal for dogs that require lower carb intake. 

Pre-portioned servings based on your dog’s weight and size eliminate the guesswork, allowing you to feed your dog once in the morning and once in the evening. For those dogs taking insulin, these meals are critical and this dog food can really help take some of the guesswork out of feeding your finicky diabetic dog. 

Balanced nutrition that is 100% US sourced and specific to your dog ensures that your pet gets natural ingredients with no fillers or artificial ingredients. Personalized plans meet your dog’s individual needs taking into account: breed, age, allergies, activity level, specific conditions and much more.

These specially formulated diets are vet crafted and exceed industry standards (AAFCO).

According to Trustpilot, an independent review site, Craftedkibble has an excellent consumer rating, with over 98% of reviewers rating their dog food as excellent or great. 

If you are considering an alternative to traditional store bought dog food because your diabetic dog simply won’t eat regularly, a specially formulated dog food may help end mealtime frustration. 

Below are a few examples of pet food you might consider for senior dogs with diabetes. 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 switching your pet’s food.

 

This dog food can be specially formulated for a diabetic dog or a senior dog with other ailments. If your finicky senior dog is refusing to eat at meal times, and you have already changed their feeding dish, then switching to a different dog food might be worth a shot. 

There are other dog foods that are specially formulated for diabetic dogs as well such as keto diets and raw diets. 

Keto diets are low carb diets, and low carb diets are better for people with diabetes. The same is true for diabetic dogs. Limiting carbs can help improve canine health. A keto diet can burn fat instead of storing it, optimize blood sugar levels, build strong, lean muscles, and reduce itching and inflammation. 

This is a low-carb kibble dog food with 90% fewer carbs than other ultra premium kibbles. Features more animal protein per serving than most raw diets at a fraction of the cost, and offers a 30 day money back guarantee. It is delivered to your door and is based on your dog’s unique characteristics. It is designed to burn fat instead of storing it, optimize blood sugar levels, build strong, lean muscles and reduce itching and inflammation. 

Another option for diabetic dogs is a raw diet. Raw diets by design are lower in carbs and higher in protein, which can help regulate sugar levels in diabetic animals. Below are two raw diets that may be worth considering.

This raw dog food is naturally lower in carbs than traditional kibble. Many vets recommend raw diets, especially for diabetic pets, but many homemade diets are deficient in antioxidants, lack the correct amounts of trace minerals and vitamins and or lack the right fatty acid balance. These meals are specially formulated to contain everything your pet needs. 

RAW WILD

This dog food is also raw dog food that can help alleviate allergies, give your dog more energy and shinier coat and improve digestion. Their raw diet is all protein, all organic, all natural, balanced nutrition with no growth hormones, no antibiotics, no preservatives, no fillers, corn, grains or rice and no animal byproducts. 

How Pet Stairs and Steps May Help Your Pet Onto Furniture

It is not uncommon for senior pets (large dogs over age 6 and small dogs and cats over age 7) to have difficulty accessing high places, such as the bed, couch, or other higher surface in and around your home.  Millions of pets are injured every year attempting to jump up on or get up on higher surfaces, sometimes breaking a leg or severely injuring a tendon or joint. Senior pets often suffer from joint injuries or illnesses such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, torn ACL or other ailments, making jumping almost impossible for them. What’s more frustrating, is how heartbreaking it is to see an older dog or an injured dog attempt something he could once do, only to discover that he can no longer get on the surface he is attempting to get on.

Pet steps and stairs designed specifically for pets can help your pet regain his confidence and bring him the joy of being on his beloved surface. Pet steps and stairs are typically designed to be used at home or in a vehicle and come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Steps and stairs are like regular stairs, although some have a shorter rise for smaller dogs and are designed to make it easier for your pet to get from point A to point B.

Pet steps and stairs can make life easier for your pet because they can provide an easier way for them to get where they want to go, or where you need them to go. This is especially true for larger dogs who may weigh too much for you to lift. Pet steps and stairs can help give your older pet confidence and can cause less stress for smaller pets who often take a big jump to get off and on some surfaces.

How do you know if pet steps and stairs are right for your pet? 

Here are some specific things to factor when considering pet steps and stairs:

Does your pet enjoy being on high surfaces he cannot reach on his own?

Some pets enjoy sitting on the couch during the day while they wait for their family to get home from work or school. It can be dangerous for a pet to attempt to jump onto or off the couch without help, especially if no one is home to assist them. Pet stairs and steps can help you pet get where they want to go more easily.

Is your pet older?

Senior pets (large dogs over age 6 and small dogs and cats over age 7) may not be able to jump like they once did. Pet steps and stairs can help them navigate higher places without worrying they may injure themselves.

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

Certain illnesses might make jumping up on furniture painful for your pet. Pet steps and stairs can make getting on and off furniture 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 jumping painful, difficult or even impossible, especially if your pet has a splint or cast on his leg. Pet steps and stairs can make getting up on higher surfaces easier for your pet.

Do you have physical limitations that make helping your pet into the car challenging?

Some pet owners have physical limitations, whether due to age or illness that may cause them to have difficulties lifting a pet. For instance, if you have a bad back, or if your dog is a too heavy for you to lift, it may be hard for you to lift your pet onto the bed. Pet steps and stairs can help ensure you won’t injure yourself whenever you want to take a nap with your pet.

Sometimes, it’s not about anything except pampering your furry friend. If your dog or cat enjoys being with you when you sleep and if you think your pet would enjoy getting on and off the bed on his own, then steps and stairs may be ideal for you and your pet.

You should consult with your vet when considering steps and stairs for your senior pet because every situation is different and what may be right for one pet, may not be right for another pet.

Which pet steps and stairs to choose?

So, you’ve decided to invest in pet steps or stairs to help your pet get onto furniture. Which pet steps and stairs are right for you? There are a wide variety of pet steps and stairs: Some are made of wood, plastic or high-density foam. Some are designed specifically for smaller pets, while others are designed for larger pets. Some are carpeted or have nonskid surfaces. Some are lightweight and easy to tote from room to room. Some are temporary and can fold out of the way; others are more permanent and can be kept in a fixed location. Here are some things to factor when considering which pet steps or stairs are right for you.

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

When purchasing a pet steps and stairs, 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.

How do you plan to use the steps and stairs?

Will you be using the steps and stairs to help your pet get on the bed or the couch? If you will be using the steps near the bed, consider how your pet typically would access the furniture and place the steps near where he is accustomed to getting onto the furniture.

Will the pet steps and stairs fit in your space?

Steps and stairs come in different sizes, styles and heights. It’s a good idea to select a steps and stairs that will not only fit the space where you plan to use it, but also fit the size of your pet. It’s important to measure the space and choose steps that will not be in the way of other pets or visitors.

How to train your pet to use a steps and stairs?

A pet steps and stairs are designed to be similar to household stairs. Some dogs may be intimidated at first and will require some training, patience and praise to properly teach your pet to use the steps and stairs. Remember, he may be accustomed to jumping on the furniture, so the steps and stairs may initially be an obstacle.

Some pets are afraid of steps and stairs initially, but with proper training and guidance, and plenty of treats, your pet may learn to love his new way to access the furniture. The best way to train a pet is to guide them up the steps and stairs with a toy or a treat. Most dogs learn to use steps and stairs pretty quickly especially going up the steps and stairs. Going down the steps and stairs can take more time, patience and practice. The tendency will be for them to jump off the surface and completely bypass the steps and stairs. Again, training and patience are key to teaching your dog the proper method for using the steps and stairs, especially if they are accustomed to jumping.

Key features to look for:

When selecting a pet steps and stairs, look for features that will not only benefit your pet, but you and your lifestyle as well. Steps and stairs can coordinate with your home décor and some steps and stairs might be easier on your pet’s joints than others.

Pet steps and stairs are designed specifically for pets and they are not designed to be used by a person. Some are made of wood; others are made of plastic or foam. Some are lightweight and very easy to move from room to room; others are heavier or designed for higher surfaces. Some are designed for small dogs and cats; others are made specifically for large dogs.

If you’d like to help your pet get where he wants to go more easily, then a pet steps and stairs 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.

 

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.  

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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.

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.  

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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.

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.

How a Pet Ramp May Help Pets into the Car or Furniture

It is not uncommon for pets to have difficulty accessing high places, such as the bed, couch, car or other higher surface in and around your home.  Millions of pets are injured every year attempting to jump up on or get up on higher surfaces, sometimes breaking a leg or severely injuring a tendon or joint. Senior pets often suffer from joint injuries or illnesses such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, torn ACL or other ailments, making jumping almost impossible for them. What’s more frustrating, is how heartbreaking it is to see an older dog or an injured dog attempt something he could once do, only to discover that he can no longer get on the surface he is attempting to get on.

Pet ramps designed specifically for pets can help your pet regain his confidence and bring him the joy of being on his beloved surface. Pet ramps are typically designed to be used at home or in a vehicle and come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. A ramp is a flat piece of plastic, metal or wood that extends from a higher surface down to a flat surface and is designed to make it easier for your pet to get from point A to point B.

A pet ramp can make life easier for your pet because they can provide an easier way for them to get where they want to go, or where you need them to go. This is especially true for larger dogs who may weigh too much for you to lift. A ramp can help give your older pet confidence and can cause less stress for smaller pets who often take a big jump to get off and on some surfaces.

How do you know if pet ramps are right for your pet? 

Here are some specific things to factor when considering pet ramps:

Does your pet enjoy being on high surfaces he cannot reach on his own?

Many pets enjoy an outing in the car, but getting into and out of the car can be a challenge, especially for large dogs who may have an injury or arthritis, or for a smaller dog who may be anxious about jumping in and out of the car. A pet ramp can make it much easier and cause less stress for your pet.

Is your pet older?

Senior pets (large dogs over age 6 and small dogs and cats over age 7) may not be able to jump like they once did. Pet ramps can help them navigate higher places without worrying they may injure themselves.

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

Certain illnesses might make jumping up in and out of the car or on furniture painful for your pet. Pet ramps can make getting in and out of the car 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 jumping painful, difficult or even impossible, especially if your pet has a splint or cast on his leg. Pet ramps can make getting up on higher surfaces easier for your pet.

Do you have physical limitations that make helping your pet into the car challenging?

Some pet owners have physical limitations, whether due to age or illness that may cause them to have difficulties lifting a pet. For instance, if you have a bad back, or if your dog is a too heavy for you to lift, it may be hard for you to lift your pet into the car. Pet ramps can help ensure you won’t injure yourself whenever you want to take a ride with your pet.

Sometimes, it’s not about anything except pampering your furry friend. If your dog or cat enjoys being with you when you travel and if you think your pet would enjoy getting in and out of the car on his own, then a ramp may be ideal for you and your pet.

You should consult with your vet when considering ramps for your senior pet because every situation is different and what may be right for one pet, may not be right for another pet.

Which pet ramps to choose?

So, you’ve decided to invest in a pet ramp to help your pet get in and out of the car, or onto furniture. Which pet ramp is right for you? There are a wide variety of pet ramps: there are ramps that are folding or telescoping. Some are designed specifically for smaller pets, while others are designed for larger pets. Some are carpeted or have nonskid surfaces. Some are lightweight and easy to tote from the house to the car. Some are temporary and can fold out of the way; others are more permanent and can be kept in a fixed location. Here are some things to factor when considering which pet ramp is right for you.

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

When purchasing a pet ramp, 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.

How do you plan to use the ramp?

Will you be using the ramp to help your pet get on the bed or the couch? Or will you predominantly use the ramp when traveling? If it will be used more for the car, then a foldable, telescoping ramp may be better so it can fit in the car.

Will the pet ramp fit in your space?

Ramps come in different sizes, styles and heights. It’s a good idea to select a ramp that will not only fit the space where you plan to use it, but also fit the size of your pet. Consider how your pet would normally access the furniture or the car. For instance, if your pet accessed the bed at the foot of the bed, then that is where the ramp should go.

How to train your pet to use a ramp?

A pet ramp is designed to be similar to walking on flat ground, except it is inclined. Some dogs may be intimidated at first and will require some training, patience and praise to properly teach your pet to use the ramp. Remember, he may be accustomed to jumping on the furniture, so the ramp may initially be seen as an obstacle.

Some pets are afraid of ramps initially, but with proper training and guidance, and plenty of treats, your pet may learn to love his new way to access the furniture or the car. The best way to train a pet is to guide them up the ramp with a toy or a treat. Most dogs learn to use ramp pretty quickly, especially going up the ramp. Going down the ramp can take more time, patience and practice. The tendency will be for them to jump off the surface and completely bypass the ramp. Again, training and patience are key to teaching your dog the proper method for using the ramp, especially if they are accustomed to jumping.

Key features to look for:

When selecting a pet ramp, look for features that will not only benefit your pet, but you and your lifestyle as well. Ramps can coordinate with your home décor and some ramps might be easier on your pet’s joints than others.

Pet ramps are designed specifically for pets and they are not designed to be used by a person. Some are made of wood; others are made of plastic or metal. Some are lightweight and very easy to move from room to room; others are heavier or designed for cars or higher surfaces. Some are designed for small dogs and cats; others are made specifically for large dogs.

If you’d like to help your pet get where he wants to go more easily, then a pet ramp may be something to consider.  

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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.

Does Your Senior Dog Need Senior Dog Food

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. Learn more about senior pet food before switching your dog’s food.

Should you decide that switching to a senior pet food is appropriate for your senior dog, there are many senior dog foods on the market. Choosing which one is right for your senior pet can be a very difficult decision. 

Below are a few examples of senior food available for senior dogs. 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 switching your pet’s food.

Dry Senior Dog Food

Look for senior brands that have no added corn, wheat, soy, poultry by-product meal, artificial colors or flavors. Natural dog food with added vitamins, minerals and nutrients; developed specifically for senior dogs can be a good choice.  

Another dry senior dog food to consider offers precise nutrition specifically made for older dogs. Supports vitality with an exclusive blend of antioxidants for healthy aging to help maintain a long life. There are two examples of dog foods developed specifically for senior dogs. 

A specially formulated dog food may also be appropriate for your dog depending on his individual tastes.

Specialty Food Formulated Specifically for Your Dog

There are brands that use your dog’s unique profile details, a proprietary algorithm to determine a custom meal plan that offers optimal calorie intake for healthy weight. Pre-portioned dog food can be a good choice for senior dogs especially if your dog has certain health conditions or allergies that should be addressed through their diet. 

Keto Low Card Dry Dog Food

As dogs age, they can become more prone to inflammation, obesity, diabetes, elevated insulin and blood sugar levels, and cancers. A lower carb, keto friendly diet can help remove about 75% of the carbohydrates from your dog’s diet. If you believe that a lower carb diet can can help your senior pet, a keto friendly diet may be a good option for your senior pet. 

Some dogs prefer wet food over kibble. You should look for wet senior dog food that offers real protein as the first ingredient. 

Wet Senior Dog Food

This food features high quality protein from real chicken to support healthy muscle maintenance. No chicken by product meals, no corn, wheat or soy and no artificial flavors or preservatives. 

 Formulated specifically for older dogs to stimulate appetite so if your dog has become more finicky with age, this food might be an option to consider.

Fresh Dog Food

If you have heard that home cooking your dog’s meals is the right option for you, but you simply don’t have the time to cook home cooked food for your senior pet, fresh dog food delivered to your door might be an option to consider. These pre cooked meals are pre portioned to make meal time easier and less stressful. 

If you have a finicky older pet, switching to fresh dog food may help. 

Fresh dog food offers all natural ingredients, designed by a vet nutritionist, cooked in a USDA facility, personalized for your dog, offers four delicious recipes, comes in a resealable container, and offers flexible subscription options. 

The second example is fresh, healthy dog food delivered to your door. They offer a 100% money back guarantee if your dog is not in love with his new food. Features human grade ingredients, high quality meat, fruits and veggies, superfoods like chia seeds, and no by products, artificial flavors or preservatives. Plans are tailored to your dog’s needs. 

Raw Dog Food

You may have heard or believe that raw dog food is appropriate for your senior dog. 

RAW WILD

This food is all protein, all organic, all natural, balanced nutrition. There are no growth hormones, no antibiotics, no preservatives, no fillers, corn, grains, or rice and no animal byproducts. 

Dog Treats for Senior Dogs

Let’s face it, even older dogs love their treats. Sometimes they love treats more than their meals, so it is important a) not to over feed your senior pet with treats and b) find high quality treats that provide nutrients your senior dog may be missing out on from his food. 

The treats below are dental sticks with a fish and algae blend of Qrill Pet, DHAgold, and Salmon to nourish the skin and coat for a healthy appearance while also supporting dental health. 

If your senior dog is having hip or  joint issues, then you may want to consider a dog treat that addresses these issues in their formulation and are made specifically for senior pets. They feature chicken raised without hormones; high protein and low fat – they’re 100% real meat.