It’s incredibly hard to watch our senior dogs begin slowing down with the approach of their twilight years. They seem to retreat a little bit within themselves and engage less with the outside world as their bodies and minds become less active. They want more sleepy time instead of play time, and as dog parents we often enable them to pull back like this when we could help them retain their youthful joy in life for a whole lot longer.
Yes, there is no reason why your aging pets have to act or feel like they are getting old. Here are some ways you can encourage your senior dogs to stay active and retain their youthful spirit for more years to come:
# 1: Add Supplements To Their Regular Diet
• A good diet and exercise regimen is great, but like humans, dogs too can benefit enormously from added canine vitamins and supplements that will improve digestion, strengthen joints and muscles and fortify the immune system.
# 2: Include More Fiber In Their Food
• Reducing calorie intake and increasing quantity of fiber in food will help maintain healthy weight and put less stress on their joints and vital organs. It is important to make sure they are not gaining weight from eating more than they really need.
# 3: Give Them Regular Massages
• Massaging improves blood circulation, reduces joint pains and muscle spasms, flushes toxins out of tissues, improves cardiovascular health and uplifts mood! Massaging also helps you look for anomalies such as lumps, bumps, localized swellings etc. that you would not have discovered otherwise.
# 4: Watch For Parasites
• A weakening immune system attracts more fleas, ticks, worms and other pests. Be vigilant about this and work with your vet to find a suitable prevention regimen, if your dog is afflicted by parasites.
# 5: Keep An Eye On Dental Health
• The importance of dental health cannot be stressed enough. Watch for signs of drooling, pawing at the mouth, bad breath etc. A regular teeth-cleaning regimen should be maintained because oral hygiene is deeply related to optimal functioning of many of their vital organs.
# 6: Be Regular With Vet Visits
• Vets can help you monitor your senior dogs’ health and discover age-related canine diseases like vision or hearing loss, diabetes, pressure and liver and kidney anomalies at an early stage.
# 7: Make Their Home Environment More Comfortable
• Old age creeps in so subtly sometimes, we don’t always notice that our senior dogs are not climbing stairs so well, or the hard floor is bothering their arthritis. Senior dogs beds, pet stairs, cushions, ramps etc. can help make them feel a lot more comfortable.
# 8: Don’t Skimp On Exercise
• Make sure senior dogs get their necessary amount of exercise every day. Depending on your pet’s health condition, you vet can help you make sure he/she is getting the right amount of activity without exacerbating any existing ailments.
# 9: Look After Their Emotional Health
• Keep their spirits high! Engage in cognition-building games and activities that keep them mentally alert. Go on drives and visit the park. Let their senses be engaged fully in the joy of social living!