As our beloved pets grow older, they might experience a gradual decline in eyesight, a slower pace, and a potential decrease in hearing ability. Their activity levels change and their appetite can also reduce. However, amidst these changes, their unwavering love for us remains unchanged. 

Throughout their lives, our loyal dogs have been steadfast companions, accompanying us through all circumstances. It's now our turn to reciprocate their devotion. In their senior years, our canines require our affection and attention more than ever before.

With this article, we want to talk about how to take care of senior pets in general and what special measures we should take during winter. 

Joint Issues

Joint problems can become prevalent as your dog ages, potentially leading to conditions like arthritis. This might hinder their ability to run, climb stairs, or leap off elevated surfaces as effortlessly as they did in their younger years. 

You can introduce a pet ramp to aid them in reaching lower surfaces, as jumping down can exacerbate joint stress, causing them discomfort. Opt for orthopedic beds closer to the ground, offering not only comfort but also essential support for their achy joints. 

The smooth, tiled floors can pose challenges for elderly dogs. These surfaces make it tough for their paws to grip, hindering movement and potentially worsening conditions like hip dysplasia. To improve traction, consider using non-slip socks or booties, or put carpets in your house. 

Be vigilant about observing your pet's behavior and any unusual signs that might indicate underlying health issues. With winters, these issues can worsen. Many older pets may also need supplements and painkillers for additional support. Reach out to your vet if you think your pet is in pain. 


Consult your veterinarian to devise a diet tailored to your dog's nutritional requirements and lifestyle. Senior dog food often incorporates added nutrients that enhance cognitive function and alleviate heart conditions. Additionally, your vet can provide a list of foods that should be avoided.

It's crucial to maintain a diet that doesn't promote weight gain, as excess weight can strain their joints. Opt for smaller, balanced meals. Foods containing glucosamine and chondroitin aid in joint strength, while omega fatty acids support a healthier coat. Consider incorporating Fidele+ Weight Management Diet to address any weight issues after a consultation with your vet. 

A protein-rich diet is essential as older dogs are less active and may experience muscle loss. Discuss the potential inclusion of a multivitamin supplement with your vet.

Ensure your pet has access to fresh water at all times and monitor their water intake, as older pets are susceptible to dehydration. With winters, their water intake may significantly reduce, so in this season, consider giving them tons of warm soup like chicken broth and bone broth. It’s palatable, keeps a canine hydrated and is good for health

Mental Health 

Pets, like humans, experience mental health challenges, particularly in their senior years, such as dementia. Canine cognitive dysfunction mirrors several symptoms observed in humans, like repetitive behavior, disruptions in sleep patterns, unusual vocalizations (howling, whining, or barking), staring at walls, and episodes of disorientation, making it hard for them to navigate within familiar spaces.

Often, pet owners attribute these signs to their pet simply 'aging.' However, early identification and diagnosis are crucial. It's essential to remain attentive and vigilant for any of these behavioral changes in your pet. And if you see any of these signs, rush them to a vet so that they can be treated in time. 

Bladder and Kidney Issues 

Senior dogs commonly experience weakened bladder control. Ensure to schedule more frequent pee breaks for your pet throughout the day. Consider using pee pads to provide your dog with convenient access to a designated spot for relieving themselves.

In cases of incontinence, having stain and odor removers readily available can be highly beneficial in maintaining a clean and fresh environment. Conversely, if your pet exhibits signs of straining while urinating or a reduction in urination frequency, these could indicate potential kidney issues. It's crucial to seek immediate veterinary guidance in such situations.

Protective Clothing 

This is a winter-specific point. Some areas of India become very cold during winters and our dogs might need additional protection to maintain their temperatures especially when they are older. Consider dressing your senior dog in a well-fitted dog coat or sweater when heading outdoors. This helps retain body heat and protects them from the cold.

Indoor Comfort and Warmth

Ensure your home is comfortably warm for your senior dog. Provide soft and warm bedding away from drafts or cold floors. Consider using heated pet mats or blankets for added warmth. Minimize extended periods of outdoor time, especially during extreme cold. Senior dogs are more sensitive to low temperatures and may struggle to regulate body heat efficiently.

Also remember, your pets may not want to take long walks once they are older especially in winters. So add indoor games to their routine that keeps them mentally stimulated without tiring them too much. 

We hope this blog helps you take better care of your senior pets!

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