Watching our best friends start to slow down and show the effects of aging can be ruff. However, there some easy steps we can take to support their mobility and slow the signs of decline. Here are our top picks to help our pups ease into their golden years.
Combat Inflammation with an Assisi Loop
The Assisi Loop products by Assisi Animal Health help to decrease pain and inflammation and accelerate healing in soft tissue and bone. According to the company: "Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (tPEMF™) therapy delivers a microcurrent to damaged tissue that is precisely tuned to trigger an animal’s own natural anti-inflammatory process." Worn around the dog's neck, it can be combined with other therapies and decreases the need for pharmaceuticals and opioids, and can even help to decrease anxiety in our pups.
Invest in an Orthopedic Dog Bed
Orthopedic beds are commonly made with memory foam that can relieve pressure on achy joints. This Ruby Puff orthopedic bed from Animals Matter is especially made for senior pups with a low-profile cut for easy entry. It's also eco-friendly, using a NASA- and CertiPUR-US® certified memory foam bottom for extra pressure-relieving comfort and support.
Slow the Effects of Aging with Leap Years
Originally founded by David Sinclair, a professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and one of the world’s leading researchers on aging and age-associated diseases, the new supplement Leap Years promises to extend the health and vitality of your pup. You can learn more about Leap Years by listening to my conversation with CEO Nick Sinclair, Chief Veterinary Officer Ginny Rentko, and Dr. Heather Oxford, a holistic veterinarian who specializes in mobility and anti-aging in our pets on The Baroo podcast.
Help 'Em Up Harness for Easy Lifting
Everyday functions like getting up off the floor, going up and down the stairs, and getting in and out of cars can be tough on a senior pup. The Help Em Up Harness lets parents with aging dogs help them remain active when arthritis, hip displasia, muscle loss, or surgery impairs their mobility and physical strength.
Dr. Busby's Toe Grips
Dr. Busby's Toe Grips help protect your senior dog from slipping and sliding on hard floors. The nonslip nail grips fit onto the pup's toenails to help them use their nails for gripping and gaining traction on hardwood floors and other smooth surfaces.
Support Joint Function and Comfort with Ellevet CBD
Ease discomfort due to age-related joint issues, mental decline, anxiety and musculoskeletal issues with Ellevet CBD chews. Ellevet CBD is the only CBD + CBDA product proven to work in multiple clinical trials and is endorsed by veterinarians.
Pet Gear Travel Light Ramp
Jumping in and out of the car can increase joint and mobility issues in our pups that may show up as they age. Supporting your dog by using a car ramp is an easy way to help prevent wear and tear on their body. This ramp from Pet Gear is sturdy, lightweight, and easy to store.
Protect Aging Paws
Another way to add traction and support, and protect aging paws, is with booties. These booties from QUMY are breathable, lightweight, and adjustable for a tight fit.
Elevated Food Bowl
Simple everyday necessities like eating and drinking can become a task with our aging dogs. A raised feeder can reduce the strain on a senior dog's neck and can be especially helpful for those who suffer from arthritis, sore joints, or spinal conditions.
Make the Floors Non-Slip with Rugs
One of the best ways to support your senior dog is to decorate with rugs! Ensuring there are no slippery surfaces in your home can really help your pup be able to get up from lying down, to lay down, and to walk around. Ruggable rugs are a fairly inexpensive way to cover your floor space. They are cute, eco-friendly, and you can throw them in the washing machine!
Keep Them Moving with a Stroller
Don't let a lack of mobility slow your dog down. A dog stroller can help your best friend hit the town in their senior years. Getting out and enjoying the sites, smells, and sounds of their favorite walk are an important way to maintain routine, vitality, and wellness. The weather-resistant, all-terrain HPZ Pet Rover comes in an assortment of sizes and designs and can hold pets up to 100 pounds.