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How to Pamper Your Older Dog

At the end of a long day, no one makes us feel more special than our dogs. As proud pet parents, we constantly want to find special ways of thanking them for the endless joy they provide. But, what happens when a dog gets older and starts to lose some of that younger spark? That's where the power of pampering comes in.

Even though your older dog may seem more interested in sleeping than playing, it doesn't mean he wants to be left alone. In fact, human companionship is more important now than ever. Here are some simple ways to keep your older dog happy:

Cozy up the bed: A little extra padding never hurt anyone. In fact, this will help your dog feel more comfy if he's prone to stiffness or has arthritis in his joints.

Endless massages: Your older dog is probably not working his muscles as much as he used to, so why not incorporate a good massage into his grooming routine? It's also great to help stimulate circulation. But remember, care needs to be taken when massaging older pets. So check with your veterinarian to find out the best massage technique.

Good company: Taking a trip? This time, kiss the kennel goodbye. There are plenty of great dog sitters out there willing to keep him company in the comfort of the home he loves.

Together time: Plus-up on the time you spend alone with your dog. Whether it's more walks, cuddle time, or lounging around together, it’s good for his soul and well-being.

A toy or two: Dogs love toys—and older dogs love soft plush toys. Stock up on those. They're easy on the teeth and quite enjoyable.

The old saying holds true: "A little love goes a long way." Keeping your dog in good spirits and good health will improve his quality of life. And as a dog lover, you'll feel just as satisfied.

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