8 Resolutions for People With Senior Dogs

Happy New Year! Are you starting 2021 out with a senior pooch? Dogs somehow manage to get even more adorable as they age. However, Fido will need some extra TLC in his golden years. This is a perfect time to revisit your canine pal’s care routine! A Tampa, FL vet lists some resolutions for people with older pups in this article.

Provide Suitable Exercise

Fido will slow down over time, and he’ll eventually become more interested in taking a relaxing walk than in charging after the neighbor’s cat. Make sure he is getting the right type and amount of exercise! Walks are great. Swimming is also fine, assuming your pup enjoys it. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Make Sure Fido Can Sleep Comfortably

Senior dogs are super cute when they are napping and dreaming of chasing squirrels. Your furry friend won’t sleep very well on a worn, bumpy bed! A good orthopedic bed is our main recommendation for older pooches.

Climate Control

Pets become very sensitive to temperature extremes as they age. When it’s hot out, make sure Fido always has access to rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners.


Keeping up with Fido’s beauty care regimen will go a long way towards keeping him comfortable. While every pup has their own unique needs, they all need some brushing and bathing. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

Your canine buddy will need to see his doctor more often as he grows older. It’s very important to keep up with his exams and screenings, so you can stay on top of any medical issues as they develop. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. At home, be on the lookout for anything unusual that could indicate illness, such as limping, vomiting, fever, lethargy, or uncharacteristic behavior. Call us ASAP if you notice anything.

Good Food

Fido’s nutritional needs also change over time. Ask your vet for updated nutritional advice, including tips on supplements and changing over to a senior-formula food.

Suitable Treats

Just like people, dogs love snacks. This is also a good way to make Fido feel loved. Just don’t go overboard!


Most importantly, make sure that your furry pal feels loved. Spend lots of time with Fido, and pay attention to him every day. 

Call us, your Tampa, FL animal hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!

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