Smart Shopping for your Senior Pooch

Your senior dog may not be as quick to chow down on that bowl of food as the old days or as lightning fast when playing a game of fetch as he used to be, but there are still plenty of tail-wagging memories to be made during your pup’s golden years. To help your dog live those years to the fullest, there are many products specifically designed for senior canines to ensure good nutrition and comfort as your dog matures in age.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for an aging dog:

•When selecting treats and food, look for labels on packaging that indicate use for senior dogs. Most senior dog foods are lower in fat and higher in fiber to support the nutritional needs of older dogs. Sometimes, you can even combine the tastiness of a treat with healthy benefits by using  products like Greenies Senior Treats, which support good dental and joint health for aging dogs.

•There are several nutritional supplements at vetdepot available to help combat health problems commonly seen in older dogs. There are supplements to support everything from good joint health to bladder control. Consult with your pet’s veterinarian with any questions about which supplements may be beneficial for your aging dog.

•Many canines end up taking some sort of medication during their lifetime, especially during their later years. Trying to get your stubborn pooch to swallow a pill isn’t always easy, but luckily there are a couple of easy solutions. A pill pocket can be used to hide medication and allow for easy pet med administration. A pill shaver can also be used to grind up medication to be mixed in with pet food.

•Just because Fido is getting up there in years doesn’t mean he’s done playing. Your dog probably still gets plenty of joy out of playtime and an appropriate level of exercise is essential to good health at any age. Kong makes a specially designed version of their classic toy for seniors, made with a softer rubber. Look for toys like this one that are gentler on the teeth and jaw. Plush toys might also be a smart choice for aging dogs that may need a little extra comfort.

Dogs offer us years of loyal companionship and in return, we want to keep them healthy and happy for as long as possible. Whatever products you choose to buy for your aging canine companion, just remember to keep your dog’s changing needs in mind.

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