Dixie Sophia (known as just Dixie for short) is my rescued senior Belgian Malinois mix who’s been with me quite some time. Like any fur-mom I always want to be sure I’m doing everything I can for her to make sure she is happy and healthy. Here, I’ve outlined four of the things I do to give her the best care possible as she ages.
Even though she turned 15 last December, we’re always out and about. To help ensure that she can keep up with our active lifestyle and stay comfortable on our hikes, I support her with a daily joint supplement. I chose Grand Mobility for Dogs because it provides all of the key ingredients for joint health, including glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, collagen, MSM, and omega fatty acids. She happily eats them in her food or even right out of my hand.
Since senior dogs have a harder time retaining their body heat, I always make sure to dress Dixie appropriately for the weather by putting her coat on when it’s cold outside. We are typically early birds, so it tends to be a little chilly during our morning walks. (Looking for a coat for your dog? Whether you want a waterproof coat or a cozy fleece, we have a variety of options available for you to check out here!)
As an older lady, Dixie doesn’t always bounce back from longer walks the way she used to, even though those longer walks keep her heart and mind nice and healthy. I like to use the Back on Track Mesh Dog Blanket before we go on our long walks to help ensure that her muscles are ready for our next adventure. The ceramic-infused fabric of the coat reflects her body heat to warm up and soothe her muscles.
Finally, I work with an amazing veterinary acupuncturist and my routine veterinarian to help keep Dixie looking and feeling her best. Thanks to their combination of care and support, Dixie looks great and both of her veterinarians are ecstatic with her overall condition.
What do you do to help keep your senior dog happy and healthy? Tell us about it in the comments!