A fit senior dog is so important! A fit senior dog will be able to live a longer, and happier life. My big sister Katie is thirteen and has had a lot of “old age” problems to deal with, and now I am nine and also considered a senior dog. We hear all the time from our vet and others how well Katie is doing for being thirteen and a large breed, so I wanted to share some of our tips with you all! I will also be offering three giveaways at the end of my post because I want all senior dogs to have the best quality of life possible!
Every pup needs lots of love and seniors are no exception! As a matter of fact, senior dogs may actually need a bit more love and extra attention.
A yearly vet visit is a must for all dogs. In my family we always go in twice for exams. A senior dog really needs to visit the vet regularly. They say one dog year is like seven human years – would you like your gramma to only see her doctor every seven years?
Even on a larger dog, a few extra pounds can shorten life span by a couple years, so make sure and keep your dog at the proper weight. If your dog needs to lose weight, check with your veterinarian to work out the best weight loss program for your dog.
Poor dental health can result in serious health problems! Our veterinarian told us weight and bad teeth are the two biggest problems in senior dogs. Brush your dogs teeth, give them dental chews, get them checked periodically.
Being a senior dog doesn’t mean you can’t be a fit senior dog. Keep up with the walks, they may be slower and shorter, but walk. Do exercises to strengthen your dog’s muscles if you can. Keep your dog mentally fit. A senior dog isn’t as active and may be bored, so use puzzle toys, or food balls to keep them mentally challenged.
Katie and I both see an animal chiropractor and it has done wonders for both of us. We had lost hope with Katie and her paw dragging, but since her chiropractic treatments it has stopped and she is walking better overall! Other ideas would be canine massage, acupuncture, or physical therapy. Pet parents have to determine what helps their pup the most.
Katie has trouble on slippery surfaces such as our hardwood floors. Mom ordered her Dr. Buzby’s Toe Grips, her actual size is orange, and they are helping her a lot! We highly recommend them for dogs having trouble getting a grip! They are easy to put on and Katie has been wearing her initial pair for three weeks now.
Katie started taking Rejenease in January. She had had a front left leg limp for several years and nothing was helping. After just one month on Rejenease, it disappeared! Katie also started enjoying going for walks again! She still walks a bit “unsteady” but she is one happy fit senior dog! Rejenease is a natural liquid glucosamine, chondroitin & MSM product. Rather than simply masking pain, it works to repair joint cartilage. Rejenease is produced in an FDA-inspected and certified facility. Independently tested for safety and purity at NSF, NASC & cGMP labs. Made in USA. We showed our vet and she thought it was a great product. In fact, she liked it so much, we are all taking it daily at our house for joint health!
We have all started taking Omegease, fish oil supplement. Our veterinarian checked out this product and suggested we all take it as it has so many health benefits – good for the heart, brain, stiff joints, boosts immune system, reduces shedding, and shines up your furs! We get this on our food, and eat it right down. Omegease is a richer source of EPA & DHA than wild and farmed salmon oil. It is guaranteed to contain at least 800 mg EPA and 525 mg DHA per 5ml serving – more than wild Alaskan salmon and nearly double the levels in farmed Norwegian and Icelandic salmon. It is not at all fishy and is rather tasty! Natural supplements are so beneficial for dogs. Even young dogs like my sister Bailie can reap the benefits. We are truly amazed at how much these two supplements have improved Katie’s quality of life! Mom tried many other supplements as well as prescription products on Katie and nothing helped. We are so thankful to have found these products and we hope they will help Bailie and I live a longer, healthier life too. As always, we are not veterinarians, and we suggest you do consult your own vet before trying new products.
- Steven Hoursten, the man behind Rejenease and Omegease has put together a fantasic e-book “50 Tips To Help Your Dog To Walk, Run, And Play Like They Used To”. If you click the title link, you can download your own free copy of this book in PDF format! We have read this book and found lots of great tips we could use. Thank you so much to Steven for allowing our readers to download his book!
- Steven has also offered to provide three readers with a bottle of Rejenease. To enter, simply click here to be directed to the giveaway widget. All you need to do to enter is fill in your email address.
- Steven has also offered to provide three readers with a bottle of Omegease. To enter, simply click here to be directed to the giveaway widget. All you need to do to enter is fill in your email address.