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How To Level Up Your Senior Small Dog's Comfort

Updated: Feb 22

Old Jack Russell asleep on blanket

As small breed dogs transition

into their senior dog years, typically around 10 years of age, they step into a phase akin to the winter season.

With a history of joyous moments shared and the promise of more to come, it's an ideal time to bestow a touch of grandeur upon their twilight years through the services of Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding.

Beds tailored for royalty

If your devoted companion's bed has seen better days – a frequent occurrence after a decade – why not invest in a regal resting place?

A multitude of exquisite options await, from sumptuous crushed velvet to bespoke creations tailored to your older dog's preferences.

Consider sofa sanctuaries or even opulent four-poster designs.

The assortment of dog accessories is extensive, ensuring your cherished pet slumbers in the lap of luxury.

Warmth and elegance in coats

As the chill becomes more pronounced or your older dog's resilience against dampness diminishes, a doggy coat becomes a thoughtful choice.

The Equafleece coat garners popularity among our clients.

Culinary delights

For the ultimate expression of affection towards your treasured senior small breed dog, creating homemade treats can be an enchanting pursuit.

The process of crafting these delights mirrors the delight your dog derives from consuming them, fashioning a personalised display of care.

Suggestions span a gamut of delectables – from scrumptious peanut butter biscuits to cranberry-infused chews and refreshing yoghurt ices. A gourmet dog food delight indeed!

We stay attuned to the winter years, delving into essential health checks, weigh-ins, and gentle exercise.

Amid this season of life, dogs remain pivotal to their families, embodying the ethos that dogs are family.

What is the best pet insurance for older dogs?

When considering pet insurance for older dogs, look for policies that offer comprehensive coverage for common age-related health issues, such as arthritis, dental care, and chronic conditions.

Compare coverage options, deductibles, and premiums from reputable insurance providers to find the best fit for your older dog's needs.

Why do older dogs lick their paws?

Older dogs may lick their paws for various reasons, including allergies, skin irritation, pain, anxiety, boredom, or habit.

Paw licking too much may indicate underlying medical conditions, including dermatitis, infections, or arthritis.

Keep an eye on your senior dog's paw-licking habits and see a doctor if you notice any indications of pain or recurrent licking.

How to entertain older dogs?

Entertaining older dogs can involve activities that cater to their age and physical abilities, such as short walks, gentle play sessions, puzzle toys, interactive games, or mental stimulation exercises like scent work or obedience training.

Adjust activities to accommodate any mobility or health limitations and provide plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation.

What kind of dog food is best for older dogs?

Dog food that has been mainly developed to fulfil senior dogs' nutritional demands is their finest option.

Look for senior dog food options that contain quality ingredients, are easy to digest, and support joint health, cognitive function, and overall well-being.

How long can older dogs be left alone?

The length of time older dogs can be left alone depends on various factors, including their health, temperament, and individual needs.

While older dogs may be able to tolerate shorter periods of alone time compared to younger dogs, it's essential to consider their physical and emotional well-being.

Provide adequate bathroom breaks, comfortable resting areas, and mental stimulation to ensure their comfort and safety when left alone.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

At Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, we extol the VIP status of every guest, offering 5-star accommodation, impeccable care, and the camaraderie of a Cheshire setting.

Our dog nannies ensure that every small breed dog and toy breed dog experiences doggy holidays worthy of admiration. In the heart of Cheshire, where the esteemed Cheshire Dogs reside, we provide an unparalleled boutique animal hotel experience.

As the winter years unfold, let Mary Puppins be your ally in nurturing the cherished bond with your furry family members.

BOOK NOW via our website. We have limited places and get booked up super fast. Give your little dog the five-star VIP holiday they deserve, while you enjoy yours.

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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