If anyone knows how to age gracefully, it’s dogs. A few grey hairs never bothered our canine companions, who always have a puppy-like spirit, no matter what their number says in dog years.
As your dog gets older, it’s important to keep their mind sharp and their body comfortable to ensure their senior years are fruitful, happy and healthy.
These ten practical, senior-friendly items are just what your dog needs in his golden years.
An Orthopedic Dog Bed
As our dogs age, they can often experience achy joints and need not only comfort, but rest and recovery. The Petlo Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed provides support for dogs of all ages and shapes and sizes. (Even better for pet parents, the bed is water resistant and machine washable.)
A Travel Ramp
Whether you’re gearing up for a visit to the vet or loading into the car for a trip to you dog’s favorite park, he may need a little extra help getting in and out of your vehicle. The Pet Gear Travel Lite Ramp allows your dog to easily hop in without actually having to hop in.
A Set of Dog Stairs
The car isn’t the only place your senior dog may need an extra boost when it comes to getting around. If your canine has trouble getting up and down from the couch, these detachable, mesh dog stairs provide a comfortable and easy way for your pet to get around easily on their own terms.
A Pair of Non-Slip Dog Socks
Safe and comfortable mobility for aging dogs is key, and sometimes their paws need a little help and guidance along the way. Non-slip socks with rubber-bottom reinforcement can not only protect your dog’s paws from the elements, but they can prevent slips and trips, which is especially good for houses with hardwood flooring.
A Self-Warming Blanket
Just because they have fur, that doesn’t mean your senior dog doesn’t get cold in the chillier fall and winter months. This safe and easy (no wires or plugs to worry about) self-warming blanket is as helpful (especially for arthritic dogs) as it is comforting, thanks to the snuggly Sherpa material.
A Cooling Mat
On the flip side, senior dogs also need to stay cool in the summer months. The Green Pet Shop Premium Cooling Pet Pad is activated when your dog lays down on it and helps keep their body temperature from getting too high, whether they are indoors or outdoors.
A Wooly Mat
Unlike the other mats on this list, this one is more for stimulation than it is for rest and relaxation. The PAW5 Wooly Snuffle Mat is designed to tap into your dog’s natural instincts to smell, forage, and hunt, as the look and design is meant to be like grass in a field. A good way to keep your senior dog from getting bored, as well as keep them alert and challenged.
A Cute Plush Toy
If your senior dog can’t run around the backyard chasing balls anymore, that doesn’t mean he has to give up his playfulness. The ZippyPaws hide and seek plush toy gives your older pet a challenging toy that is as soft as it is cute and creative. This interactive activity set (the chipmunks squeak!) keeps your dog mentally and physically stimulated.
While you should always check with your veterinarian when it comes to giving your senior dog treats or supplements of any kind, if they get the go-ahead, Doggie Dailies Advanced Hip & Joint Supplement for Dogs is a pet parent favorite. The easy-to-chew treat has the all-natural ingredients of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate, which promote healthy joints and cartilage in dogs.
A Dog Brush
Keep your senior dog’s coat shiny and healthy with a double-sided pin and bristle bamboo brush. Not only will it keep them looking and feeling good, they’ll love the attention you’re lavishing on them when you groom them, keeping your bond stronger than ever.
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