Helping a Senior Dog Settle In

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month? This is a great cause, and one that we are more than happy to support! Senior dogs are absolutely adorable, and make great pets. We love seeing older dogs go to great forever homes! Read on as a Marietta, GA vet offers some tips on helping a senior dog settle in.

Comfy Beds

One of the best things you can do for your canine buddy is to make sure he has a comfy bed to snuggle up in. We recommend orthopedic beds for older dogs, because of the extra support they offer.

Good Food

Proper nutrition will really go a long way towards keeping your furry pal happy and healthy in his golden years. If you know what Fido has been eating, get that same brand at first. Make changes slowly, and only after talking to your vet. Certain supplements may also be beneficial. For instance, fish oil can help keep Fido’s bones and joints lubricated. Ask your vet for more information.

Senior Comforts

Small touches can really help keep your four-legged friend comfortable in his golden years. Elevated doggy dishes will be more comfortable for Fido to eat from than dishes on the floor. You may also want to get pet ramps or stairs, which will help your canine friend get around more easily. If your furry buddy has vision trouble, keep a nightlight on for him after dark. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a veterinary appointment for your four-legged friend. Fido will need a thorough exam. You’ll also want to make sure that he is up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control. This is a great time to ask for specific recommendations on your pet’s diet, exercise, and grooming needs.

TLC

Last but not least, make sure Fido feels loved, safe, and secure. Talk to him, play with him, and offer him toys and treats. Don’t skimp on those belly rubs or ear scritches, either! Many dogs develop a very sweet demeanor in their golden years. Savor this special time with your four-legged pal!

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Marietta, GA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your senior dog’s health or care. We are always happy to help!