When Your Dog Gets Old.

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Don’t we all wish our pets could live forever. OR at least longer than the 8 to 15 years we are granted with them. Heck, if you’ve made it past 10 your a lucky pet owner!

Although it’s inevitable, there are some surefire ways to prolong your pooches life.

We have collected the best tips for you, and even included some ways to prepare yourself for the worse!

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Pay attention to what your feeding…

Any natural bonuses that you can incorporate into your dogs diet is a great place to start!

It is important to look for things to increase mobility, hip & joint health, and overall vitality.

Zesty Paws offers a variety of broth boosters, treats, and supplements to encourage a healthy dog.

Some of my favorites…

Senior Advanced 8-in-1 Multivitamin Bites

Mobility Broth Booster

Hemp Elements Salmon Oil

Consider using CBD or HEMP

With age comes the aches and pains of old bones. If your dog is struggling with any type of pain, CBD treats is a great way to alleviate the pain. It is also known to help decrease inflammation.

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Accept the once, unacceptable.

Accidents are gonna happen, more often too. Your pups bladder isn’t what it used to be… Neither is their energy to get up. While they shouldn’t be wetting themselves every time they need to use the bathroom, don’t be surprised if you have to buy puppy pads again.

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Keep them properly exercised.

Crucial to a dogs life, exercise keeps them healthy and active. One of the top causes of premature death in dogs is obesity. If you can keep their weight down, it’s for the better.

This is also a key sign of a happy dog that has plenty of years left to live! It’s always best to check with your vet about the perfect amount of exercise if you’re unsure. It’s pretty self-explanatory though, you don’t want to work your senior dog too hard! This isn’t good either.

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Invest in them!

There are many ways to invest in making life easier for your old dog. This also depends on which breed you have and what issues they are facing.

Dog Ramp – This can be extremely helpful for breeds that are prone to back problems. Usually smaller dogs will be the ones who need these ramps the most.

Common Breeds This Is Used For:

★ Dachshunds

★ Pembroke Welsh Corgis

★ Chihuahuas

★ Miniature Pinschers

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Dog Lift Harness – More commonly used for larger dogs, this is great for mobility issues. It will allow your dog to still put pressure on their legs. You simply can maneuver or assist them walking by the handle on top. Also works great as a tool to help with rehabilitation after an injury.

Common Breeds This Is Used For:

★ German Shepherd Dog

★ Labrador Retriever

★ Golden Retriever

★ Doberman Pinscher

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Floor Mats – This is a super great idea for any breed at any age! Dogs are prone to slip on any hard floor surface. Especially tile and wood flooring. In older dogs, it’s more likely to cause a debilitating injury as well.

From my personal experience, I’ve had a senior dog slip and fall on my tile floor playing with another dog. She was paralyzed from the waist down. My family had to spend thousands on surgery and physical therapy, and still my dog wasn’t guaranteed to walk again.

If there’s one thing you take from this article, I hope it is this one. Just adding a couple more floor mats can really make a different in a dogs quality of life.

Saying Goodbye: How to Cope with the Loss of a Dog.

So today is the worst day of your life. Anyone knows that losing a pet is an indescribable feeling of pain. We don’t get nearly enough time with our dogs before they leave us for the rainbow bridge.

And it’s okay to be sad, these pups were our lives! They depended on us for so many things; and we were happy to do these things for them. Believe it or not, we also depended on them. They are our everything! Our alarm clock on a dark winter morning, our private security guard outside the bathroom door, our shoulder to cry on, our pillow to lay on, and most importantly our best bud!

R.I.P May 💗 10.13.18 – 10.23.19

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“I met May in October but I also lost her in October. May was loved by many people and she will be forever be missed. I thank her for many things. There’s something missing in my home, I feel it day and night. I know it will take time and strength before things feel quite right, but for now I need to mourn; my heart it needs to mend. Though some may say it’s just a pet I know I’ve lost a friend. She brought so much laughter to my life. She will forever live in our heart! My sweet forever pet. October 13th, 2018 was my favorite day, and October 27th,2019 was the worst day.”

It’s very important to remember that they loved us with every inch of their furry body. No matter what point you came into their life at, you are the last thing they will remember. They won’t think about the time you said no or the time you yelled at them for tearing up your expensive couch. So you shouldn’t either.

Please remember the good times. The times in the park playing fetch for hours. The times at the beach when your pup was afraid of the water. When you first brought your dog home and waited for their reaction to each new thing they’d see. All the car rides spent with the windows down (even if it did mess up your hair.) The walks and explorations you went on. Just because they are gone, doesn’t mean those precious memories are gone. Eventually, those memories will leave you with a smile.

R.I.P Angel 💙 02.27.19 – 10.09.19

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You can’t stop the fun now though! Please don’t give up. I know you are probably thinking, “I’ll never have a dog again, it’s too painful.” Lots of things in life are painful. This one especially. There is no better way to mend your heart than by saving another one. So many dogs need us. And every year so many are failed. It’s okay to think, “No dog can replace mine.” This is because no dog will. Dogs are irreplaceable. Each has their own unique personality and quarks.

“There will never be another dog like mine.”

This is to be said about your late and present dog, and will remain true for as long as you live.

R.I.P Benji 💛 02.27.19 – 11.15.19

“You were my favorite hello, and my hardest goodbye.”

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♥ Fly high babies and remember you are loved deeply and endlessly FUR-ever. ♥