As your pet ages there are various ways you can help them be as comfortable as possible. These are often simple and highly effective modifications that can make the world of difference to your aging pet.

  • Speak to your veterinarian or rehabilitation therapist about potential pain medications and other treatments that can assist your pet if you are seeing any difficulty moving
  • Keep them lean – as they may move around less, watch their calorie intake and ensure they remain in a lean condition, or get assistance with a weight loss program if they are overweight. This will prevent excessive loading on potentially already painful, arthritic joints.
  • Consider good quality senior or geriatric diets that are specifically and scientifically formulated for the needs of your aging pet.
  • Provide good traction – non-slip flooring (runners, carpets etc), non-slip socks, Dr Buzby’s toe-grips, clip fur away from paw pads, use booties etc
  • Keep them moving within tolerance level. Short, multiple (2-3) walks each day are generally better than a single, long walk a day
  • Use recognised veterinary supplements, especially fish oil supplements, which can assist with inflammation reduction and improved cognitive function
  • Provide comfortable, firm, supportive bedding such as osteosupport/memory foam beds. Think of your supportive mattress and apply the same principles to your aging pet
  • Raise food or water bowls if your pet lies down to eat as this may indicate discomfort when reaching to the ground
  • If your pet requires assistance to get in and out of the car or to move around the house consider a well-fitted, comfortable harness to assist both yourself and your pet with this.
  • Use ramps or specifically designed steps for getting in and out of your car and use ramps up and down short flights of stairs if able
  • Provide warmth – indoor heating, coats in winter/after swimming or on early morning winter walks etc. Heat pack painful muscles or joints identified by your rehabilitation therapist
  • Ask your rehabilitation therapist for advice on recommended products and brands available to assist with the above.