7 Ways to Help Your Senior Dog

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

Mastiff dog with gray muzzle resting

I noticed when my Boston terrier, Winston was about ten years old I started to see the grey in his muzzle. By the time he was 12 years old, he also started slowing down-way down.

Bostons are known for their high levels of energy, zoomies, and non-stop activity, so when he began lying around more and more and doing less and less, I took him to the vet for a check-up. Our vet said that he was fine, actually in quite good health but was just getting “older”. That dreaded word. Even we humans do not want to deal with that word.

Around this time, I saw his eyes were also getting cloudy. At first, this did not affect anything, but then it became obvious that he was having more difficulty navigating on our night time walks. Eventually, he started bumping into things like a new package we placed on the floor or a chair that was slid out of place.

These were just a few of the changes that impacted Winston as he became a senior dog. As my little guy’s “senior status” became more of an issue, we had to make some changes to accommodate his needs. These small things helped him move around easier, reduced his anxiety, and allowed to continue to interact with us and his environment more comfortably.

Keeping our pups comfortable and safe is our priority as dog owners to be sure, so here are some things that you can do to help out your senior dog.

1. Lighting

Keep lights on in the places your pup frequents around the house. Near his/her bed, the water and food bowls, and places where you keep the favorite toys are key areas that should have higher light. As dogs age, the often begin to lose their sight, like people, spaces become darker and if those spaces are not well lit it can create increased difficulty and anxiety for your baby.

Dog standing under light on dark street