Holiday Care for Older Dogs

Is your canine pal in his senior years? Dogs never stop being adorable. In fact, we are pretty sure that some of our patients just get cuter with age. However, you will want to show your furry pal some extra TLC, especially around the holidays. A Marietta, GA vet offers some tips on spending the holidays with an older pooch below.


Keep Fido’s age in mind as you pick out things to put in his stocking. Soft beds are a great gift for pups in their golden years! Your pooch may also appreciate raised dishes, or perhaps some pet ramps or stairs. Toys and treats are still appropriate gifts, but choose ones that were made specifically for older dogs. Your four-legged friend may also benefit from small doggy luxuries, like a good massage.


It’s probably safe to say that many of our canine patients will be enjoying lots of extra goodies over the next few weeks. Treats are fine, but don’t go too crazy. Older dogs often have quite sensitive stomachs. Giving Fido too many rich or fatty foods could upset his tummy. Stick with safe options, like plain, cooked meat or poultry without the skin, bones or fat. Ask your vet for more information.


It’s not uncommon for older dogs to develop issues with their vision or hearing, just as people do as they age. Keep this in mind when hanging decorations. If your furry friend can’t see well, try not to put things where he may trip over them. If you light a fire in your hearth, use a thick grate to make sure Fido can’t get too close.


Are you having a lot of guests over? Your canine buddy could get confused or distressed by a lot of extra faces, voices, and activity. Pay some extra attention to Fido, and make sure he has a quiet, comfy spot where he can just relax. 


Are you planning to travel this year? You may want to consider boarding Fido instead of taking him with you. Long trips can be quite uncomfortable for older dogs. Your pooch will also benefit from being under the care and supervision of trained professionals. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Smyrna Animal Hospital, your local Marietta, GA veterinary clinic. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

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