You've had that big old dog for years. You can't imagine life without him, and all his mounds of dog hair. When your dog gets older, you may find him slowing down a bit, sleeping more, and maybe getting a bit stiff at times. What you'll also notice is the annoying puppy phase is gone, and you and your dog know each other so well that he's an official member of the family. No longer causing any trouble, he's just happy to be with you, gentle and easygoing. These are truly the golden years for you and your dog. With a little extra care as he ages, you may find you like this phase of his life the best. Read on to learn how to care for an old dog.
Things You'll Need
- Grooming brush
- Clean rag
- Car ramp
- Dog bed
As your dog ages, don't cut out his daily activity. Just change long, hearty walks into slower, shorter walks. Your dog will still love going out. Some old dogs still love to go on hikes, just be sure to take it easier on him, since he might be sore the next day.
Most old dogs start losing teeth. You can keep his teeth clean by giving him rawhide to chew, or by wrapping a dry, clean rag on your index finger, and rubbing his teeth if he'll let you.
Give him a nice foam mat or cushy dog bed to lay on. Put them throughout the house.
Some people buy a ramp to help the dog get in and out of the car easier. You can find them at pet stores.
Try supplementing his diet with glucosamine tablets. A vet will supply these in the proper dosage.
Give your dog plenty of love and attention. Take him in the car just for fun. Brushing his coat daily often gets itches he can't reach anymore, and he'll love you for it.