Tips for Caring for a Senior Dog in Ocean County, New Jersey

It’s been more than twenty years since you had to go down to the “baby” department at the supermarket and here we go again. No, April and I are not having a baby at the end of life, the answer is that we are taking care of an elderly dog.

If you’ve had or currently have a senior pet, you know what I’m talking about. This is a difficult time for our pets and their caregivers. We want our Dexter to be comfortable, but we also want to make it easy for us to juggle work, life and take care of his needs.

The first thing we found to be a big help were diapers, yup “doggie” diapers. Dexter is going to be 17 and he is deaf and has poor eyesight so he often finds himself in trouble which helps him and our home. As you probably know, damage caused by accidents in the home can be expensive. With diapers, Dexter can relax and so can we. We still let him outside once in a while, just take his diaper off and let him get some exercise, sun and fresh air.

Shawn Michael

Shawn Michael

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Another issue we have with our aging dog is that Dexter is losing his teeth so what was not a problem eating has become a little difficult. We decided that in addition to her other “small dog” foods, we would add baby food to her diet. It’s sweet and easy for him to eat and he gets his protein, he likes beef, turkey, ham and chicken. Again, we supplement his regular diet with baby food so he gets a few sources each day.

Shawn Michael

Shawn Michael

These are just a few of the things we do for our senior dog, do you have any recommendations for senior pet owners that you would like to share? feel free to post below

Shawn Michael

Shawn Michael

Shawn Michael

Shawn Michael

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