Helping a Senior Dog Settle In

Helping a Senior Dog Settle In

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! Older dogs make wonderful pets. They’re very sweet and calm, and are typically super affectionate. If you’re considering adopting a pooch in his golden years, you definitely have our support. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a vet offers a few tips on helping your pooch settle in.

Shopping List

Before you bring your new canine companion home, you’ll need to pick up some things for him. A good, comfy bed is a must. We actually recommend orthopedic beds for older dogs, as they offer extra support. Raised doggy dishes are also a good idea. Your four-legged pal may also appreciate pet ramps or stairs to help him get on and off the sofa (assuming he’s allowed) or in and out of the car. You’ll also need to get grooming supplies, food, toys, treats, a leash and harness or collar, a crate, and waste baggies.

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Just as with puppies, you’ll want to take steps to make your home safe for your new canine buddy. However, you’ll need to address different hazards for older pets than you would for puppies. If Fido has vision problems, block off any stairwells with baby gates, so he doesn’t trip and fall down the stairs. If you have a pool, make sure it is fenced off. Good fencing is also a must for anyone with a yard. Ask your vet for more information.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a vet’s appointment. Although Fido will most likely already be fixed, he’ll need a thorough, nose-to-tail exam. It’s also important to make sure your furry buddy is microchipped and up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control. This is a great time to get some specific tips on your dog’s care needs!

Tail Wags

You may want to put all of Fido’s things in a specific area to start. A quiet back room may be a good place. Your furry buddy may sleep a lot at first. Don’t worry: with time, patience, and great care, you’ll have that tail going in no time!

Please reach out to us here at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet serving Louisville and surrounding areas, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering great care to pets of all ages!

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Our contestants included (in photo order): Becky the cowgirl, Daisy the devil kitty, Genie the devil pup, Genevieve in the sombrero, Paco & Lefy the western pups, Rocky the little Batman, Koko & Koda the bunny rabbits, Kaly & Coda the flower pups, & Monkey the little skeleton Poodle!
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We believe every pet deserves a reward for their Halloween costumes (we all know wearing costumes isn't their favorite pastime 🤣), which is why we have a special treat at our Main location for EVERY pet that participated in the contest - a treat bag filled with Hills Jerky strips & Royal Canin Dental treats for the pups and Royal Canin Dental treats & Greenies treats for Daisy the kitty!
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Monkey the Miniature Poodle dressed up as a skeleton and was loving her photoshoot! (Don't worry, she got the belly rubs she was asking for! 😜) 🐒🖤
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Today (Halloween!) is the last day of the contest. Stop by our Main location (5585 Arapahoe Ave) to show off your pet's costume!
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P.S. Don't forget, we have a surprise announcement about the contest on Sunday, November 4th! 💫🔮"
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