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How To Spoil Your Senior Dog

August 10th is Spoil Your Dog Day! Of course, we think dogs deserve to be spoiled every day. However, your pet’s tastes—and needs—will change as he ages. A local Bolingbrook, IL vet offers some tips on spoiling a senior dog in this article.

Comfy Beds

A good bed is at the top of the list of ways to pamper an older dog. We recommend orthopedic beds for senior pets. The extra support will help Fido stay comfortable while he’s dreaming of chasing squirrels.

Heating/Cooling Pads

Want to make your dog’s bed even comfier? Get heating and/or cooling pads for extreme weather. Older dogs are often very sensitive to hot or cold weather, so this is another way to spoil Fido.

Treats

Your canine buddy will never outgrow his love for snacks. Offer Fido something special, like some plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken, or even a piece of steak! You can also make your pup’s treats. Look online for recipe ideas. Just be sure to stick to pet-safe ingredients.

Massage

A soothing massage can be just as beneficial for dogs as it is for people. Our canine pals get knots and stiff muscles, just like we do. Take Fido to a pet masseuse for a relaxing backrub.

Warm Water Swim

Keeping your furry buddy active is very important. If Fido doesn’t get enough exercise, his muscles may atrophy. He’ll also be more likely to gain weight, which would be very bad for his health. Warm water swimming is a great way for your canine companion to get a workout in! With the water supporting his weight, it will be easy on his bones and joints.

Pain Management

Just like people, dogs often get stiff and sore as they age. However, there are now many options for managing medical issues in older pets, and easing pain from chronic conditions like arthritis. Ask your vet what options are available for Fido.

Pet Stairs

Older pooches sometimes have trouble going up and down stairs, or getting in and out of cars. Fido may also have a hard time getting on and off the bed or couch, if he’s allowed. Get your faithful friend some pet ramps or stairs, so he can get around more easily.

Please contact us, your Bolingbrook, IL veterinary clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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