4 Tips To Keep Your Senior Dog Active

A dogs senior years can be very fulfilling, if their owners make the right decisions



4 Tips to keep your senior dog active and healthy Your dog is getting older. She is slowing down. Her vision is not as good as it used to be, her hearing is not quite as sharp, her movements are slower and seemingly more painful, what should you do? Well first, DO NOT GIVE UP ON HER! Just because your dog is older and not as active does not mean she does not need love and care. A dogs senior years can be very fulfilling, if their owners make the right decisions. One of the best ways to keep a senior dog happy and healthy is to keep your senior dog active. Consider the following four tips on keeping your senior dog active.



1. Remember Exercise Is Important


Arthritis, hip dysplasia, obesity. . . no matter what your senior dogs aliment, or aliments. . . remember, exercise is still important. As senior dogs age, they, just like people, tend to become less active. Well sure, arthritis is a pretty good reason not to go running, but just because your dog has arthritis does not mean that she has got a get out of jail free card concerning other health problems. Dogs that do not exercise are more prone to obesity. Obesity leads to all sorts of health issues, including, but not limited to, diabetes, cardiac problems, and joint and bone disorders. If your dog has one health issue that prevents her from exercising, that lack of exercise can create more, in some cases much more serious, health problems. It is important to continue to exercise your senior dog, even if that exercise is seemingly little compared to what she did when she was younger.



2. Reprogram Your Brain


Just because your dog used to run for miles without getting tired, or fetch for hours without seeming to fatigue, but can not any more, does not mean that she can not exercise. Exercise for your senior dog is just different than what it used to be. Perhaps going on a walk around the block is all your senior dog can manage. That is OK. Take her on those walks! If your dog can only play fetch for a few minutes, play with her! Remember though, do not over do it. It is common for senior dogs, like senior people, to want to do more than they physically can. If your dog wants to please you, and she thinks that buy going on a run with you will make you happy, she will try to go on that run. She might even do it if it injures her. You, the owner, needs to set the limits. If you encourage your dog to push herself beyond her limits, the consequences could be grave. Make sure that the exercise you chose for your dog is doable, and then make sure you and your dog do that exercise. While it may seem like a 20-minute walk will do nothing for your dog compared to what she used to do, do not be fooled. Any and all exercise will help your dog stay active and healthy.



3. Upgrade Your Dogs Diet


Since your senior dog is now getting less exercise, it is very important to adjust her food intake to match her new activity levels. One of the fastest ways to put weight on your dog is to feed her table scraps. Seemingly little things, like scraps of cheese or chicken fat, may seem inconsequential to a 160-pound human, but to a 40-pound dog, such foods are very high in calories and fat. Your senior dog does not need such food, and in fact such food is dangerous to her health. As you eliminate table scraps from your dogs diet, you should also change your dogs food. There are specific dog foods available that are designed to help senior dog keep a healthy weight. Not only do senior dog foods help your dog keep a healthy weight, but they also give your senior dog nutrients that senior dogs need most. Some senior dog foods are fortified with nutrients to help your dogs skin, or joints. Talk to your vet about the best food for your senior dog.



4. Get Your Dog a Good Orthopedic Dog Bed


Getting your dog a memory foam dog bed that supports your senior dogs joints is very important. Regular dog beds that restrict the flow of blood to your dogs joints often leave your dog feeling painful when she wakes up. Dogs that wake up stiff and full of pain do not want to exercise. Such dogs are obviously less active and less active dogs tend to be more obese. Memory foam dog beds are a good way to encourage blood flow in your senior dogs joints. Buddy Beds, one of the highest quality memory foam dog bed manufactures on the market, has a very good website, www.buddybeds.com, explaining the benefits of memory foam dog beds.



Keeping these four tips in mind will help your dog stay happy, active, and healthy.



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