Senior Dogs – How to Care for Them

2 Apr, 2020

Senior Dogs – How to Care for Them

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If you’re a pet owner and dog lover and you’ve had your senior dog from a puppy you’ll know that there are special needs that transpire as they get older.  Here are some top tips on how to optimise your care for your pets, and even how to adapt your home to ensure a comfortable journey into their mature years.

4 Tips for Caring for Senior Dogs

senior dog lying with head on the ground
Be thoughtful about how you care for your senior dogs

Photo by Dominik QN

When you take into account that 44% of households in the United Kingdom are home to pets, it’s safe to say Britain is a nation of animal lovers. If you’re a pet owner and you own a dog, it’s only natural that you will want to do everything you can to ensure they’re happy, healthy, and safe.

Unfortunately, our dogs can’t stay the same age forever, so as they enter their senior years, they will have different care requirements when compared to those of a younger dog. To ensure your pooch gets the most out of their final years, here are four tips on how to care for senior dogs.

Schedule Regular Visits with Your Vet

Even if senior dogs appears healthy, they may have underlying diseases and health conditions that can shorten their lifespan. It’s best to plan to take your dog to the vet at least once a year. And ensure you have pet insurance so you can be confident that they are in the best shape possible.

Frequent trips to the vet can rack up a huge bill, though, so taking out pet insurance can ease the amount you have to pay.

You can check out pet insurance comparison websites to pull in the most competitive quotes for pet insurance.

Petting an older labrador dog
It pays to be mindful of underlying health conditions

Photo by Alexandre Debiève

Watch Your Dog’s Diet

If you’re the type of owner that likes to give your dog leftovers, you may want to think twice about continuing. As your dog gets older, it’s important that you feed them a high-quality diet.

Mature dogs tend to have food issues, which can include problems chewing, digestive problems, and lack of appetite. If you aren’t sure what sort of dietary changes you should make, it’s best to consult with your vet. There are numerous supplements such as fish oil that can be used to alleviate joint pain.

There are certain foods that you should never give to your dog (no matter how much they beg!), as they can prove fatal.

Exercise Your Senior Dogs Mind and Body

As a dog owner, there is nothing more rewarding than getting out in the open air and taking your pooch for a walk. Unfortunately, just like humans, senior dogs struggle with their mobility.

If your aging dog is having difficulty performing activities that they used to enjoy, or you notice they’re in pain, it’s best to take things slow and take your dog out on short, gentle walks. Your dog’s brain needs tons of exercise too, so purchasing stimulating toys like a food puzzle can help keep your dog alert and on the ball.

dog sitters on a porch with two senior dogs
Dog sitters can care for senior dogs in their own home to minimize stress

Photo by Greta Hoffman

Adapt Your Home for your Mature Pet

If you’ve had your pet dog from a puppy, it’s likely that you will have made adjustments to your home over the years to keep them safe. As senior dogs enter their later years, there are small but subtle changes that you can make to your property to make your pooch’s life easier.

Perhaps you’ve installed a special ramp or stairs so they don’t have difficulty roaming around or keeping their food and water in an area that they can easily access. There are lots of changes that you can make for the better.

Live in dog sitter

When you plan to take a trip away from home for work or a holiday make sure you find a live in dog sitter.  By inviting a checked petsitter into your home to care for your senior dog you will be able to keep your pets safely in their home.

A live in dog sitter can maintain their routines, minimise separation anxiety and keep them in an environment where they feel comfortable and safe.

A final thought on care for senior dogs

While taking care of an older dog may require a little more work than you’re used to, caring for your life companion is deeply rewarding. And caring for them at home with a live in dog sitter while you are away is one way to keep ongoing care and routines consistent. No matter what you take on board, as long as your dog is happy and healthy, that’s all that matters.

Free dog sitters

A final word on searching for dog sitters near me and what you need

Finding a live in dog sitter is a fantastic idea. It means your home and pets are cared for with one friendly solution. The live in house and dogsitter could be a single person, or a couple or in some cases a housesitting family. They will take care of any costs that they incur in travelling to you, and in their living costs. No need any longer to search for dogsitters near me and stress about not finding anyone.

All you have to do is provide all the dog needs to ensure they can care for your pet safely in the pet’s own home. It makes for a great pet care solution and an affordable one, and if you are kennel averse house and petsitters offer an alternative to dog kennels.


Join HouseSit Match a professional service that offers access to help you find free checked live in petsitters and housesitters, for a moderate annual fee. These petsitters will help you keep pets at home safely and happy in their daily routine. You no longer need to search blindly on Google for dog sitters near me.

Further reading about dogs and dogsitting with Housesit Match

At Housesit Match we always try to share useful and informative blogs and practical advice with our members. Read on to find some helpful articles with useful tips for dog owners and dog sitters about dogsitting.

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