Playing With a Senior Dog

Is your canine companion a senior? It can be bittersweet to realize that your rambunctious puppy has already reached his golden years. As your dog ages, he’ll naturally slow down, and he’ll probably become more interested in collecting treats and belly rubs than in chasing the cat around. However, Fido will still benefit from regular play. Read on for some tips from a local Marietta, GA vet on keeping your furry retiree amused.


Keep your four-legged friend’s age in mind when picking out playthings for him. Your pooch may prefer things that are soft on his mouth. He may also like things that light up or make noise.


As your pet ages, he’ll naturally begin to tire more quickly. This is normal! Fido may appreciate games that offer mental stimulation, rather than physical activity. You can make the Three Cups game dog-friendly. Put a treat under one of three cups, and then move them around. You can also hold a treat in one of your closed hands, and have your furry pal pick which one has the goodie.


Dogs are very loyal and obedient, and they sometimes will push themselves in order to please their humans. This can be dangerous with older dogs, as Fido could exhaust himself. Watch for signs that your four-legged buddy is getting tired, such as panting or slowing down. If you see any, end the play session and let your pup rest.

Paw Care

Keep up with your canine friend’s nail trims! Overgrown claws are quite uncomfortable for Fido to walk on, and they can tear or split easily.


Choose a safe, comfortable area for doggy playtime. We recommend an area with a soft surface, such as a carpeted room or a grassy lawn. Don’t play with Fido near potential hazards, such as fireplaces, pools, or stairs.


Our canine pals tend to thrive when they’re on a steady routine for things like meals, walks, and playtime. Try to play with Fido every day, around the same time. 


Don’t make your pooch jump or stand on his back legs. This can be really hard on Fido’s hips. It can be particularly problematic in dogs that have or are at risk of developing arthritis or hip dysplasia.

Do you have questions about caring for a senior dog? Contact us, your local Marietta, GA veterinary clinic, today!

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