Senior pets are special not because they’re old, but because they’re sweet and obedient. They may not be as active as puppies and kittens, but they sure know how to make you laugh and, sometimes, cry.
Senior pets occupy a special place in our hearts. That’s why it’s necessary to take care of them, especially in their golden years.
In addition to making sure they’re getting their daily dose of TLC, you can buy some really good supplies for senior pets. There’s a smorgasbord of stuff ranging from diapers to harnesses, but you only need these 6 supplies to get started.
1. Pet Stairs
Your senior dog or cat is prone to a myriad of health problems including arthritis and hip dysplasia. The good news is you can use pet stairs to help your pet move around the house or climb on the sofa with you.
You don’t want your aging pet to climb too high though as it could fall over. So keep an eye on your furry buddy when they're using pet stairs.
2. Toys for Senior Pets
Just because your pet is old doesn’t mean it wants to sleep all day. Play time is still an important activity for your senior cat or dog. There are toys that are specifically designed for elderly animals.
The Kong Senior toy, for instance, is made from a special rubber that’s perfect for your pet’s aging teeth. Some toys can be stuffed with treats, too.
3. Pet Diapers
It’s common for senior pets to suffer urinary incontinence. Consider buying diapers for your pet. As to what type of diaper to get, it really depends on your pet. You can start with belly band diapers. These are easy to fit on your four-legged friend.
You can also buy disposable diapers, but make sure to add some absorbent padding since they aren’t leak-proof. Washable diapers are more comfortable to wear, though, and are usually quite durable.
4. Lifting Harness
Senior pets are prone to hip diseases that prevent them from walking and standing up. Some old dogs are too weak to support their weight. Thankfully, you can use a lifting harness to support their legs.
Use a harness to help your pet move around the house. You can also use a lifting harness to occasionally walk your dog outdoors. There are several types of harnesses: rear end harnesses, lifting harnesses, full body harnesses, and back braces.
Should you give supplements to your aging cat or dog? Of course! Cats and dogs age faster than humans. And, like us, their bodies don’t absorb as many nutrients as they once did when they were young.
Remember that multivitamins aren’t a substitute for a healthy diet. It’s still important to feed your senior pet with healthy food. Popular supplements contain Omega-3, Omega-6, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin sulfate.
6. Pet Camera
Finally, a must-have accessory for senior pets is a pet camera. These high-tech gadgets work like baby monitors, but for your most furry family members. And they offer more bells and whistles, including the capability to talk to your senior pet, capture photos, and record video.
Pet cameras like the Petcube Play have an interactive laser toy, 1080p HD camera and night vision which pets enjoy. Another popular pet camera, Petcube Bites, has a treat dispenser, making it a perfect monitor for your senior dog.