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Keeping A Senior Dog Comfortable

Have you noticed your canine companion slowing down lately? Is Fido going a bit grey around the muzzle? Your cute pet will always be the same loving, and loyal companion as he was when he was a puppy, but his needs will change a bit over time. Read on as a Murrieta, CA vet offers some tips on keeping Fido happy and comfy as he ages.

Beds

Fido will become more interested in chasing Z’s than in chasing squirrels as he grows older. A good bed is a must for an older pooch! We recommend orthopedic beds for senior pets. You can also use a child’s mattress, as long as it’s made of a safe material. This is a good option for larger dogs. It’s a good idea to get one with a washable, waterproof cover, just in case your furry bff has an accident.

Grooming

Your four-legged pal probably won’t be any more enamored with taking baths now than he was as a puppy. However, he will be more comfortable if his coat is soft and clean. If you have a tub, you may find it hard to get Fido in and out of it. Consider taking him to a groomer. They are set up to be able to easily get dogs on and off their stations. Nail trims are important, too. Overgrown nails are quite uncomfortable for our canine buddies. Fido may adjust his stride to compensate, which is pretty hard on his bones and joints. Keep those claws trimmed!

Weather Protection

Your furry friend will become more sensitive to extreme temperatures in his golden years. Fido may need a jacket in cold weather. On hot days, make sure he has access to cool water and rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners.

Relieving Stiffness

Just like people, pups often get stiff and sore as they age. Fido may benefit from a soothing pet massage, or perhaps a heating pad. Supplements can also be helpful with this. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Climbing

Fido may have difficulty getting on and off beds and couches, or getting in and out of the car. Pet ramps and stairs will help him get around more easily.

Of course, it’s also important for your pet to see his Murrieta, CA vet regularly. If Fido hasn’t been in for a while, contact us to make an appointment!

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