Where should my senior dog sleep?
An older dog will usually need to sleep more than a younger one. He or she may also prefer a little more privacy for sleeping, especially if the dog has arthritis pain or difficulty hearing. Avoid disturbing a sleeping older dog. They are more likely to react defensibly if woken suddenly. The best place for them to sleep depends on what they are used to, their health (can they get on and off a high bed?) and their personalities. Your dog may like sleeping on the bare floor, in a crate, or prefer a rug or a bed.
- Armarkat Pet Bed Mat
Mud River Crate Cushion
- for dogs who prefer the floor but could use a little cushion
Do I need to keep my house at a certain temperature for my senior dog?
Senior dogs will need their environment to be a bit warmer consistently and/or have loose blankets and warm bedding to snuggle up with when they’re sleeping.
What kind of dog bed should I buy?
There are many different kinds of dog beds. You may have to use trial and error to see what your dog likes. Soft, supportive surfaces are recommended for older dogs with arthritic joints.
- AKC Casablanca Round Solid Pet Bed
- Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed
- Milliard Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
- K&H Manufacturing Lectro-Soft Heated Bed
Can my dog sleep in bed with me?
Of course! This is where many dogs want to be. If you object to this, you will need to provide an alternative place from day one, or your dog may be very difficult to keep off your bed while you are trying to sleep!
- Pet Gear Easy Step II Pet Stairs
- Miles Kimball 3 step Pet Stairs
Convertible Pet Steps/Ramp
- Can help your senior dog get up on your bed or into the car. Non skid step surfaces for safety
How can I make it easier for my senior dog to get on/off furniture?
Older dogs can have difficulty getting on and off high surfaces due to aging joints or arthritis. You can build your dog a ramp or pet stairs, or purchase them from a pet store, to make his efforts to get to all of his favorite sleeping places easier.
- Pet Stairs
- Pet ramp