Holiday Gifts for Senior Dogs

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Whether you’re all done, or haven’t even started, you may very well have added a few things for Fido to your shopping list. However, if your canine buddy is in his golden years, you may want to opt for something other than doggy toys this year. In this article, a Lafayette, LA vet lists some great gifts for older dogs.

Good Bed

A good doggy bed is one of the best gifts you can get for a senior dog. We recommend orthopedic pet beds for older pooches. The extra support will help your furry buddy sleep comfortably.

Pet Ramps

Fido may have trouble climbing stairs as he ages. Your pooch could also have difficulty jumping on and off beds, or getting in and out of the car. Get your canine friend some pet ramps or stairs, so he can move around more easily.

Pain Management Treatment

Just like people, dogs often develop various ailments in their golden years. Arthritis and hip dysplasia are two common ones. Fortunately, there are now quite a few pain management treatments that help our furry friends feel better. Laser therapy, for instance, can be very helpful in treating dogs with arthritis. Ask your vet for more information.

Dental-Formula Products

Making sure Fido’s teeth stay clean and healthy is very important! Ask your vet for advice on using dental-formula treats and chews.

Doggy Massage

A good massage can be as soothing and beneficial for dogs as it is for people. Treat your furry pal to a day at a doggy spa!

Treats

No matter how old your four-legged friend gets, he’ll never outgrow his love for special snacks. Store-bought treats are fine, but you can also get Fido’s cute tail going by offering him some cooked, boneless meat, fish, or poultry, or some shredded deli meat. You can even make your pooch his own doggy treats. Just be sure to only use ingredients that are safe for Man’s Best Friend.

Pawdicure Set

Overgrown nails can be quite problematic for dogs! Consider picking up a pair of clippers with sensors. Paw balm is also a great addition to Fido’s stocking. Of course, if you don’t like cutting your pup’s claws yourself, just call us to schedule an appointment.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Lafayette, LA pet hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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