3 Health Tips for Older Dogs. How to Make Their Life Healthy, Happy, and Comfortable

Older dogs require a lot of care and love in their golden years.



They are slower than they were in their boisterous youth, and they often have less energy and will potentially encounter medical problems as they get older. Older dogs may have any number of medical problems, such as cancer, arthritis, or osteoporosis. These issues are sometimes treatable and sometimes not, but either way, there are things loving pet owners can do to ensure their older dog has the best possible life during their later years.



The same kinds of healthy habits that humans employ, or try to employ, to ensure long and happy lives, can be applied to dogs, and especially to older dogs. The main ingredients to a long and healthy life for a human ,or a dog companion, are quite simple: a well balanced diet, plenty of exercise and quality sleep. Having all three of these things will work wonders at making your older dog comfortable and happy for as long as they live.





So what can you do to make your dog's life happy, healthy and comfortable for as long as they live? Follow those three main tenets of good health: diet, exercise, and quality rest.



  1. Correct Nutrition Make sure your older dog gets the right nutrition for their body size , their breed, and for their age. Also make sure your older dog is eating the correct amount of food for their breed, body size and age. Many dog-food companies supply special dog formulas in their lines of dog food designed for the health of older dogs in particular. These older-dog formulas have all the ingredients an aging dog needs to be healthy and live longer. Be sure to monitor how much your dog is eating and don't feed them too much. Many dogs don't know when to stop eating. On the flip side of that, if you older dog begins to avoid eating, or eats less than they should be, consult with your veterinarian right away, before this habit causes health problems.


  3. Plenty of Exercise The next thing to consider when thinking about how to keep your older dog healthy, happy and comfortable is whether or not your dog is getting the right amount of exercise. Regular exercise is essential to any dog's health, but is even more important for the continued health of your older dog because he or she will be experiencing more stress on their body as they age. Make sure to get him or her out of the house on a regular basis and ask your local veterinarian about how much walking or running you should be encouraging your older dog to do everyday. The amount of running and walking will differ depending on your older dog's individual needs, but what will remain constant is the need for any type of dog, of any age, to get regular exercise that is enough to keep their muscles strong and their heart active.


  5. Quality Sleep Now, once your older dog is on the correct exercise program and has had a day filled with getting plenty of good exercise, he or she will want to come home and get some quality rest. This is crucial to your older dog's overall health and well-being. If your dog comes home and sleeps on the floor or on an inferior-quality dog bed, he or she will not be getting the sleep they so desperately need, and they will not be healthy. Especially for older dogs, it is very important to provide them with a comfortable place to rest. Many older dogs spend a lot of time lying down and experience pain in their joints, which is made worse by low quality dog beds. You may think all dog beds are the same, but just like beds for humans, dog beds come in a wide range of quality; the cheaper ones causing us to have poor sleep, which extends into the quality of our waking hours.


    Most memory foam dog beds use low quality shredded foam, while others use solid foam--but of a low quality in retaining its shape and support after a few months. Memory foam is the best choice for your older dog's dog bed. Memory foam conforms to the contours of any dog's shape, giving support and yielding to your dog's shape exactly where it is needed. This reduces pressure points on your dog's joints that can cause pain and exacerbate already painful joint problems that many older dogs experience. Patented Buddy Beds memory foam dog beds are the only orthopedic memory foam dog beds on the market that use five pound memory foam, the highest quality memory foam available. Buddy Beds orthopedic memory foam dog beds also come with a durable inner protective lining that is hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, anti-dust mite, and anti-static. The memory foam within these high-quality memory foam dog beds is certified non-toxic, and is supported by a three inch layer of supporting foam beneath to prevent "bottoming out". This is the extra support your older dog will need during their later years as they are spending a large amount of their time resting.



    So, remember, for your dog's continued health and happiness, make sure you are giving them the right diet, the right amount of daily exercise and a quality place to rest their aging bodies with an orthopedic dog bed.