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Despite our best efforts, we all age. While the hydrating creams, Rogaine, and uniquely human ability to lie about mathematical certainties help us prolong facing this truth, the physical effects of our bodies slowly deteriorating are inevitable. But as most of us eventually learn, with a few lifestyle changes and the right products, not much will actually change day-to-day. This revelation also applies to our pups as they enter the senior dog designation — minus the human vanity pleas that typically precede it.
“With senior dogs, I find the care to be the same for an adult dog at a baseline in terms of basic routine. Some of the changes that occur over time would be any chronic conditions that may develop through aging,” explains The Wildest Collective veterinarian Dr. John Iovino. “These may need to be managed with medication or repeat vet visits to ensure things are on track in terms of treatment. Some senior dogs may require specific nutrient requirements and supplementation for certain issues, and so a diet change and supplements may be needed later on.”
Contrary to our (read: my) proclivity to grow bitter, jaded or confused by the next generation obsession’s with digital dance choreography, Dr. Iovino states a dog’s personality will remain intact as they age. All they need is a few useful adjustments and helpful tools to ease the transition into their golden years. So naturally, we rounded up a few helpful products to look out for if you’re adopting a senior dog or yours is starting to gray.
Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)
Best Orthopedic Bed
Best Elevated Dog Bowl
Best Lifter Harness
Best Joint Support Supplement
Best Car Ramp
Best Stair Treads
Best Toe Grips
Best Brain Health Supplement
Best Incontinence Support Supplement
Best Potty Pad
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Sean Zucker is a writer whose work has been featured in Points In Case, The Daily Drunk, Posty, and WellWell. He has an adopted Pit Bull named Banshee whose work has been featured on the kitchen floor and whose behavioral issues rival his own.