As your pet ages, there are a variety of safety concerns that may come up especially in your home. Older pets are much less stable on their feet, sometimes go blind & deaf, & generally have a harder time getting around. It's important to take some time to make sure your house stays safe & comfortable for your pet as they go through their golden years.
As your pooch gets older, he is less alert and his eyesight is not as sharp as it used to be. Take notice of areas in your home that seem difficult for him to navigate & move items out of his way. The idea is to place furniture and other objects around the perimeter of the room so he has a big open space in the middle and an unobstructed path to other rooms. It's also important to try & not change furniture around especially if their vision is less then optimal. Your senior pet can easily learn the layout of your home, but if you constantly change the layout, it increases the chance of accidents.
Keep It Low
Fido is probably not jumping as much anymore and may have trouble getting up stairs or hopping onto the sofa. If you live in a two story home, make sure that everything he needs, for example, food, water bowls, toys, & his bed are on the ground floor so he can get to them. You can even purchase ramp or stairs to help your pup get up and down the porch, up & down stairs, or even on & off beds or furniture.
Light It Up
Declining vision makes it harder for your pet to see, especially in the dark. Keep areas they frequent, like dog door (if you have one) & their feeding spot, well lit to help them see them. If you notice that they consistently bump into certain objects in your home, either move them or place a lamp near them. The additional light will help them get around more easily.
Sharp corners of furniture and other objects can injure your pet if he bumps into them while trying to find his way. Soft rubber cushions are usually located in the furniture or baby section of stores. Attach them to sharp edges to keep your pet safe & to increase your own peace of mind.
Keep the Floor Clear
Be more conscientious about picking up small items that fall to the floor. Fido may think that coins, buttons, or other mouth-size objects are treats and accidentally eat them. Remember, his head is a bit foggy, and he might realize his mistake after it’s too late. Keep his toys in a corner out of his path so he won’t trip over them. Put plastic grocery bags away to prevent him from getting tangled in them.
Invest in Nonslip Rugs
Walking on slippery hardwood floors might not be so easy for your aging four-legged companion. Help him out by putting down carpeting and nonslip rugs so he has more traction as he walks around the house.
Consider investing in cameras
I recently investing in 2 cameras to stalk my fur babies at home...best purchase ever. I have included the cameras I went with below but cameras are a great way to keep an eye on everything at home. Most cameras can also be set up with a pin or fingerprint passcode to access them for added security.
Older pets tend to nap more than younger pets. They also sometimes have less fat to cushion them while lying down. Purchase a cushy, comfortable, bed for your senior pet to protect them from the hard floor. Create a quiet space for them to rest where they won't be disturbed or easily startled when resting. In this phase of their life, they deserve some beauty sleep!
Give a Helping Hand
If he seems to want to get up on the sofa with you, give him a boost, but realize that you will also probably have to help him back down again. If your own sleeping area is upstairs and he loves to cuddle up at bedtime, put extra bowls for food and water on the second floor in a well-lit area. If you share your bed with your aging animal, try installing a ramp or stairs so climbing up to snuggle with you isn't so difficult on his legs. Older dogs can also benefit from learning to use a ramp or stairs to get into the car when you go on trips or visit the vet.
With a little extra attention to your senior Doggy’s surroundings, his home can continue to be his safe haven of comfort.