Are senior dogs harder to take care of?

In some ways, senior dogs are harder to take care of than younger dogs, but in other ways, they’re easier. Senior dogs tend to be more expensive because they’re likelier to need special foods and supplements, and are more likely to need vet visits. Consider getting pet insurance for your senior pet, perhaps right before the cutoff age, as not all insurers will register new elder dogs.

Larger breed senior dogs can be more difficult to take care of when it comes to physically moving them in and out of the car, for example. If your senior dog has difficulty getting in the vehicle independently, consider getting a pet ramp if your car opens in back.

Senior pets are also more likely to have possible potty issues. It may be harder for them to “hold it,” or know when they need to go. A wise choice, in addition to providing frequent walks, is to put pee pads down in your home. That way, if you dog needs to go in a hurry, she can without a problem.

In many respects, senior dogs are able to care for themselves more efficiently than younger ones—dogs tend to mellow with age, and older ones tend to sleep quite a bit. A senior dog can still be hyper, but you’ll probably notice a more relaxed atmosphere in the home as your dog ages. Another likely improvement is a mixed one: the silver lining of increasing deafness is that your dog will hear fewer stimuli, and may therefore bark less.

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