How to Help an Aging Dog

For your best friend, middle age comes as early as age five. Follow these tips to lend them a hand as they get on in years.

You will need

  • A veterinarian
  • High-fiber dog food
  • A tape measure
  • A carpeted pet staircase
  • A leash

Step 1 Get a vet with your pet Go for annual checkups with your veterinarian to make sure your dog stays healthy.

Step 2 Keep him active As your dog gets older, exercise is more and more important. Set aside two 20-minute periods each day to take them for a walk or play fetch.

Step 3 Watch that weight Being overweight is a major problem for pets as well as people, leading to diabetes and other issues. Make sure your dog eats only once a day. Provide food with extra fiber.

Step 4 Build a staircase to the bed If your dog sleeps in your bed but has trouble jumping onto the mattress, buy a carpeted pet staircase.

Step 5 Seeking medical attention Your furry friend can’t tell you when they’re hurting, so be on the lookout for these problems: lumps under the skin, shortness of breath, extreme thirst, poor appetite, and unexplained weight loss. See the vet if you notice any of these problems.

Step 6 Keep a deaf dog close Deafness can be a real problem as a dog ages. If your pet is hard-of-hearing, make sure to keep them on a leash when you are outside.