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Senior Dog Care Tips
Our 12-year-old Siberian Husky, Sophie, is visibly aging. And yet just as much as I find myself remembering her younger years, her role as the senior dog in our home is a gentle reminder of new needs. Sophie has always been very motivated by food and although she’s slowed down quite a bit from her days of plotting sneaky adventures, she’s still very interested in every dish left in the kitchen. My shortlist of senior dog care tips includes an age-appropriate diet with real ingredients like those in Supreme Source®. With just a few additions to your daily routine, your senior dog can continue living their best life as they age.
Senior Dog Care Tips
Sophie spends most of her daytime hours on the back patio or lounging on the couch. She no longer enthusiastically nudges us to the door like she used to but gets very excited at the offer of a walk to the park.
Our senior dog is groomed regularly but it’s the daily brushing she gets from our daughters that make her most happy. This special time is an important part of their routine together and reinforces their strong bond.
For about 10 years Sophie shared our bed with us but as she is aging, she prefers to sleep on the couch or outside on the patio in the cooler weather months. Additionally, she has no interest in going upstairs. We’re recognizing it’s a challenge for her to climb up and down the stairs so we make sure she has everything she wants and needs downstairs, including a comfortable space to sleep at night.
A few years ago Sophie’s vet suggested we impose dietary restrictions for weight loss. It took consistency and wasn’t easy but Sophie lost about 20 pounds, exactly what was needed for her to be more comfortable. Sophie only eats the food in her dish and an occasional dog treat and is never offered people food. This is a much different experience than when we had younger children giggling as they shared their leftovers at dinnertime. Our vet does not recommend changing primary food often but we’ve always known Sophie is a true foodie at heart so a rotation of favorite foods is important when she is bored with her daily dish. We recently switched to Supreme Source® and Sophie is loving mealtime.
The Pork, Peas and Wild Boar Recipe variety is a new favorite for Sophie. It’s made with REAL ingredients, including USDA-organic seaweed that is all-natural and sustainably harvested to help support better pet health and longevity. It has no Corn, no wheat, no soy, no artificial flavors or colors and has not upset Sophie’s sensitive tummy.
Daily walks to the park, playtime with her very loved squeaky toy and ball, getting brushed by her favorite humans and a yummy meal are all the things that keep our senior dog thriving and living her best life.
Do you have any senior dog care tips that are helping the senior dog in your home?
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