Caring for a Senior Dog

Is your dog entering his golden years? It may seem like just yesterday that your loyal and lovable family dog was just a puppy, but now you’re seeing grey around his muzzle, and your old buddy is definitely slowing down. Below, an Essex-Middle River vet discusses senior dog care.

Veterinary Care

Be sure to keep up with Fido’s checkups, so your vet can monitor him for signs of developing health problems. Parasite control is also very important for aging dogs.


Feed your canine pal a good, nutritious diet. An occasional treat is fine, but don’t overindulge your pup with fatty snacks. Too many treats can lead to obesity, which can contribute to major health issues in dogs. Certain supplements, like fish oil, may be beneficial to your aging pet. Fido may also find it easier to eat from an elevated dish. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


Don’t overexert your old buddy, but don’t let him become a couch potato, either. Take Fido for a few daily walks. You might find that strolling along with your old friend plodding faithfully along beside you is very relaxing, and good for both of you!


Just like people, dogs often develop various aches and pains in their golden years. We recommend investing in a good orthopedic doggy bed to help Fido sleep comfortably.


Fido may begin to have trouble getting around in his senior years. Climbing stairs, getting in and out of cars, and even getting onto the sofa can be challenging for an aging dog. Consider getting pet ramps or pet stairs to help your old pal get around.


Dogs often become sensitive to temperature extremes in their golden years. Keep Fido indoors as much as possible on very hot or cold days.


Proper grooming will remove dead fur and prevent Fido’s coat from getting matted or tangled, which will maximize the insulating qualities of his fur. Regular nail trims are also important, as overgrown nails can be painful, and may even cause problems with your dog’s gait.


Last but not least, make sure Fido feels safe and loved. Talk to him, pet him, and spend quality time with him. There are few things more adorable than an old dog snoozing in the sun!

Please contact us, your Essex-Middle River, MD vet clinic, for all your senior dog’s veterinary care needs.