Senior dogs often deal with orthopedic issues, and because of their age, healing times and treatment plans are often different from those given to younger pups. Orthopedics, or the branch of medicine dealing with problems with bones and muscles, also includes injuries to ligaments, tendons, joints and nerves. Dogs seven years old and older often take longer to heal from orthopedic issues, so it is important their families take extra care of furry friends while healing from an orthopedic issue. The Old Dog House, a senior dog rescue organization in Jacksonville, Florida, offers five tips to help your dog heal from orthopedic injuries:
- Let your dog rest: Dogs love to please their families, and the most pleasing thing is to ensure your sick dog becomes healthy again. Although it might be tempting to take your old friend for a walk or run, rest is vital for healing. Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations and make sure your dog gets ample rest.
- Make food and water easily accessible: When your dog isn’t feeling well, they may not want to eat or drink. Ensure it is easy for them to get their food and water. Try bringing their meals to them or placing food and water bowls on stools so dogs don’t have to bend as far to reach them.
- Give your dog all his or her medicine: When your dog starts feeling better, it is easy to forgot to give them their last few pills. Make sure to administer all of the dog’s prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection. Stopping antibiotics short can lead to infection.
- Begin an exercise program as your veterinarian suggests: Exercise is important for all dogs, but depending on your dog’s orthopedic problems, your veterinarian may recommend a specific routine. Follow your veterinarian’s advice to ensure your dog gets the proper amount of exercise for him or her.
- Consider swimming: Many dogs benefit from low-impact exercise like swimming. The Old Dog House is in the process of raising funds to build a pool for senior dogs in Jacksonville. Click here to learn more about our pool fund.
If you have questions about your dog’s orthopedic problems, contact your veterinarian. Considering bringing a senior dog into your home? Check out our adoptable pets today. Want to make a donation to help us help senior dogs? Click here to donate to The Old Dog House now.
The Old Dog House is Northeast Florida’s first nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to giving older and senior dogs a second chance at a new life. We rely solely on the generosity of the individuals in our community for assistance in furthering our mission to give older and senior dogs a second, sometimes third, chance at living out their lives in dignity.