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“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” – Sydney Jeanne Seward.

As humans, dogs do age and they too face certain health issues due to age. When your Fido is aging, as a pet parent you need to provide extra care and keep a watch on all those things that help your pooch to stay health.

Your older dog health is important as it keeps you away from unwanted expenses. A well-maintained and followed routine with proper medical care help you to keep your old furry friend in a good condition, helping him to lead an active life in his aging period.

Handling Health issues in Aging Dogs


Arthritis is the common health issue in old canines. If your pet is suffering with arthritis, you can do nothing, as there’s no remedy that you can apply for complete removal of this disease. The best help you can provide is taking care of them along with several other things to support them to fight this disease.

  • Some injections are specially designed for cattle cartilage. Administration of these injections prevents wearing of cartilage in your furry friend due to aging process.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help in reducing inflammation and pain in your dog’s joints.
  • Apart from medications, there are physical therapy that dramatically lowers joint pain and inflammation in your four-legged aged friend.
  • Along with physical therapy, there are other therapies such as herbs, acupuncture and homeopathic treatments, which are practically safe for old doggies and provide relief from painful joints.
  • You can even provide water therapy. In this treatment, the professional offers underwater treadmills and swimming with resistance exercises to your furry friend. These workouts strengthen muscles of your aging dog and enhance mobility in your pooch.
  • Orthopedic heating bed, soft cushions, towels and blankets as well as rugs around the house provides comfort zone to your dog’s aching bones. The extra comfort can avoid pressure on his joints.
  • Everyday little walking help your older pooch to remain active without making his aged joints stiff.


Diabetes is another wide spread age-related disease that most senior dogs face. Compared to male counterparts, female dogs are more prone to this sugar-coated disease. Research shows that the onset of this disease usually occurs when dog is 8 years old.

For your Fido suffering from diabetes follow these steps.

  • Offer plenty of water to your Fido along with nutritionally rich balanced diet that helps in maintaining his weight.
  • Administer proper insulin dosage regularly as recommended by your vet and maintain a chart of dosages. Monitor your dog’s sugar level daily.
  • Keep a check on your Fido’s urine output and appetite and make sure there are no behavioral changes in him.
  • Help your Fido do normal exercise daily to keep him active and weight under control.

Following these tips, you can keep your older Fido with arthritis and diabetes healthy. With little care, love and proper medication, you can improve the quality of your Fido’s life. For more information on joint care supplies, contact us.


Jesse McDaniel is an animal activist that raises concerns and spreads awareness regarding pet health issues. She is also a self-proclaimed pet lover who tends to support many pet shelters, assisting them with supplies and medical aid on a regular basis.