Last Updated on September 7, 2023 by Dr. Alisha Barnes
Our happy senior pup can develop many of the same physical problems that humans experience as we age, such as heart disease, diabetes, vision problems, joint issues and weakness. You might also notice behavior changes such as confusion, increased vocalization, more anxiety, changes in sleep cycles and house soiling.
Dog chiropractor in Boulder will share 5 Ways to Give Your Senior Pup Some Extra TLC.
1. Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is a great way to reduce aches and pains, as well as, improve overall mobility for your senior pet. By using gentle techniques, we can ease discomfort and improve joint motion and alignment.
Acupuncture treatments are also a great tool to decrease pain, improve nervous system function and boost the immune system.
3. Shorter more frequent walks
Motion is lotion. It is so important to keep your senior moving, however, you want to be careful to not over do it. For seniors, shorter more frequent walks can be a great way to keep them limber without flaring them up. If you used to be able to do one 30 minute walk, try breaking it up into one 15 minute walk in the morning and one 15 minute walk in the evening.
4. Daily Massages
Gentle, daily massages can help to reduce stiffness and improve circulation. Start at the paws and use gentle sweeping motions towards the heart. Then move to the base of the spine by the tail and gently massage the muscles along the spine using circular motions. You can use this same technique on the neck and shoulders. Keep an eye out for your pet’s facial expressions. They should be relaxing and enjoying it. If they seem scared or irritated, you may be pressing too hard. If they continue to show pain or discomfort, it might be a good idea to have them evaluated by your primary veterinarian to rule out any injuries or issues.
5. Adding Stairs and Ramps
Use stairs and ramps to help your senior pup get on and off the bed or couch, as well as, in and out of the car. By reducing the amount of jumping, you can significantly reduce the chance of injury and also reduce any additional aches and pains in the joints.