We want to do all we can to keep our senior dogs as happy and healthy as they can be, and that means we need to use some specialized products made just for the ‘seasoned’ best friend. Here are the Top Ten products for senior dogs we’ve found that make such a difference in their lives.
It’s said the only fault of a dog is that they don’t live long enough, and though I’m hesitant to ever give any dog the blame for anything, I have to agree. We lost our 12-year-old Golden Retriever earlier this year and we still miss her every day. In the last few years as she’s slowed down and aged some (and especially in the last year-and-a-half that we amputated one of her legs), I’ve looked high and low for products that made her senior days the best they could be. Here are the top ten you’ll want for your senior pup!
1. Glycoflex Plus Chews
I came across these chews at Global Pet Expo in March and talked with the team at VetriScience about what makes these things amazing. Aside from the clinical results they give for hind strength, I found my girl’s energy level seemed to perk up a bit too. They have clean ingredients that make a big difference, and she loved the flavor of the chews. All the chews in their line are great, and I even give the Gylcoflex plus to my young dog to keep her hind legs the best they can be. They’re a must for seniors though!
2. The Missing Link Senior
This is another fabulous find from Global and the folks at the Missing Link could not have been more helpful in deciding what would be right for my Olden Golden. Dogs feel good when their bodies feel good, and this powder was specifically formulated to support an elderly dog’s overall health. It’s a non-GMO, cold-pressed supplement packed with probiotics, phyto nutrients and fatty acids that keep your dog’s gut in great health, and between this and the Glycoflex Plus chews? It was as if my three-legged, 12-year-old dog was a pup! Another must have supplement in an amazing line of great products.
3. Toe Grips
So, you know how you look at a dog in booties and think, “There is NO way my dog will wear those!!”? I thought so too…and I was right, my dog did not love booties of any kind to keep her from slipping. It’s important that senior dogs don’t fall/slip/slay out because they can really damage older bones, and that’s why these Toe Grips rock. They’re not booties, and though a little weird at first, your dog figures out that they DO help and they can go more places. The vet who designed them works with at-risk senior dogs and created them just for our elderly pups, and we love the mission and commitment!
4. Organic Paw Balm
If your senior dog is like mine was, there’s an awful lot of sleeping done. Whether it’s on their bed, by your feet or just in a nice sunny spot–there’s nothing better than a good rest. Except…as dogs age, they get calluses. These are thick, rough spots that form over pressure points and basically form as your dog has spent years flopping herself onto a nice, cool spot on a hard surface. Just like in humans, calluses occur, and this organic paw balm hits the spot. It keeps the skin softer, and less prone to infection, which is not something you want in your senior dog!
5. PawFlex Bandages
Just like in humans, getting old is not for sissies! As we age, we have more health issues that come up and they often necessitate bandages! We cannot tell you how much we love PawFlex bandages for any dog, but especially for seniors. The founder of PawFlex is a dog lover herself who has cared for so many senior dogs–they’re her inspiration! PawFlex bandages are award-winning and made of super-stretch, non-adhesive fabric that are breathable, non-irritating and water resistant, and we love that the company focuses on making good products for our pets affordable and effective.
6. Big Barker Dog Bed (Large Dogs)
Now…we know. Sometimes we spend a boatload of money on dog beds that our dog refuses to use. That’s not going to be the case here with the Big Barker though. The thing has therapeutic foam made in the USA and they guarantee it won’t flatten. The 100% microfiber cover is super soft to lay on and easy to wash, and for old dog bones? It’s rest for the weary. Trust us.
7. Kopeks Memory Foam Dog Bed (Small Dogs)
Not to leave the little guys out, this bed will heal what ails those achy joints in your smaller senior. The orthopedic memory foam is hypoallergenic and what is found in high-end mattresses for humans. It’ll give your little senior support and sweet dreams!
8. CannaBoost Power Up
The power of Cannabinoid-Based products is evident as CBD is all everywhere. In pets, it’s just as powerful as they’re finding CBD-based products to be in humans, but be careful as all CBD/hemp-based products are not created equally. This one was MAGIC after we amputated my dog’s leg when she was 11-years-old. It helped take away the pain, as well as ease her anxiety. Elderly dogs often suffer from separation anxiety more because their hearing goes and they’re realizing their limitations. The CannaBoost Power Up is great for not just aches and pains in your senior love, but anxiety when you’re gone, during storms and just when they don’t seem to be themselves.
9. Hip Doggie Toss & Floss Toy
Let’s face it–we only floss the teeth we want to keep, right? (Dentists everywhere cheer!) It’s true, though…dental health is important in humans and in dogs, but sometimes it’s hard with our best friends. That’s why we love the Hip Doggie Toss and Floss toy. It’s soft for those pups with less than stellar dental hygiene, and it allows you to gently ‘play’ with your senior pup while you are also caring for his teeth. It’s a fun and non-toxic way to help reduce plaque and tartar in your dog and help their breath too!
10. Bodhi Dog HotSpot Spray
While this is a great spray for dogs of any ages, for our seniors, hotspots can be particularly frustrating and irritating. And, we don’t want to put lots of icky chemicals on our pets so finding an effective, non-steroidal hotspot spray is tough. Not anymore! We love this one from Bodhi dog–essential oil based to help prevent and clear hotspots and give your senior dog less itching and scratching and more belly-rubbing time!
Lori Ennis is a wife, mama and friend to all animals. A self-confessed “Hot Mess,” she lives wherever the Marine Corps takes her husband. Currently, that’s Maryland with her very spoiled Labrador Retriever-mix rescue pups and a ton of saltwater fish just tanking around. Lori’s family has fostered dogs for years, mostly Golden Retrievers, and knows no home is complete without an animal buddy (or seven)!