Time has gone by so fast. It feels not that long ago, Quincy, my sweet dog and family member, was running after squirrels, barking at garbage trucks and jumping up to catch balls. He is now 10+ years and has become a slow moving, eyesight challenged senior. But he still is the “Quincy”.

My dog’s care is not the same now that he is older. Also, Quincy is not the first senior animal for which I have cared. Here is a list of things I have learned about tending to senior pets.

  1. Schedule regular vet checkups.

  2. Make sure your senior gets exercise but shorter walks may be best due to arthritis, back and muscle issues and just plain slowing down due to old age.

  3. Brush your pet more often to help keep coat clean, shiny, healthy, and lubricated. Brushing also helps find any new lumps or growths that may have developed.

  4. Brush your animal’s teeth to help prevent gum disease and help with breath odor.

  5. Adjust your senior’s diet, if needed. Check with your vet first.

  6. Make sure your pet has enough water in his bowl and stays hydrated.

  7. Make special accommodations, as needed, such as ramps, softer bedding and clearing floors of excess clutter if there are vision issues.

  8. Senior animals can be more sensitive to extreme temperatures due to metabolism changes. Make sure your pet is warm enough when outside in winter. In very cold days, put a dog coat on him/her.

  9. Your senior should not be outdoors for long periods of time on hot and humid days because they may not be able withstand the heat.

  10. Keep seniors happy and busy with toys, hugs, rubs, petting and extra love.

Quincy may have slowed down and needs extra care but he is worth it. The unconditional love and joy he has brought to my family is priceless. Quincy is still our family’s beloved treasure. Giving him extra care and making him comfortable is the least I can do.

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