Living With a Senior Dog: 6 Tips for When Your Puppy Grows Old by Katie Sloan

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2 years ago
Living With a Senior Dog: 6 Tips for When Your Puppy Grows Old

My dog rescued me in 2006. Now, at 11 years old, he has playful moments but is definitely slowing down. This is a special time for us. You see, as much as I love him, I know that I am his everything; the main character in his life’s story. 

There are many reasons to embrace the golden years. As a puppy, my dog was destructive. Now he has manners and is housebroken. He sleeps in and is content with a quiet walk. Sadly, many owners bail on senior dogs, so here are tips some from my own experience and the experts at DogTime.com and The Senior Dogs Project:

  • See the vet. Checkups twice a year help your vet stay ahead of potential issues or discomfort.
  • Keep your dog comfortable. An orthopedic bed is easier on achy joints.
  • Pay attention to the temperature. Older dogs overheat or get cold easier.
  • Keep the routine and be flexible. Dogs crave routine. Keep the schedule, but be flexible. Our dog developed a fear of the kennel so we have a dog sitter and added in extra potty breaks.
  • Exercise is important – but don’t let your pup over-do it.
  • Spend time together. Your dog craves love, comfort and security from you. Create lasting memories. It will do your heart good too.

Learn more by visiting DogTime.com.

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Kimberly Johnson
I love that my Milo is your "I'm not a cat person" cat as your sweet Riley is my "I'm not a dog person dog," Katie Sloan . No doubt Riley's loved!
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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Our yellow Lab is 7 and still thinks she's a puppy. But I have noticed she doesn't get up the stairs as easily anymore. Thank you for this great advice, Katie Sloan ! xoxo
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
This is beautiful, Katie Sloan ! My German Shepard Cheyenne will be 12 in November. I love her more and more every day. <3
Denise Mantell
These are great! Thanks for sharing...my pup just turned 11 & we have started to see a lot of changes in the last year.

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