How to Help Keep Your Senior Dog's Mind and Body Healthy

Senior dogs playing

Aging can take a toll on your dog, both physically and mentally, and this can lead to a variety of behavior problems. You can help keep your senior dog healthy and happy by exercising his mind as well as his body.

Start by talking with your veterinarian about your senior dog’s health — and be sure to mention any behaviors that are concerning you. Once you’ve gotten a medical OK, there are a few simple steps you can take to help keep your older dog feeling and acting as young as possible.

Eat Right and Stay Fit

Certain ingredients and supplements in a dog’s diet may promote brain health. Talk to your veterinarian about how brain-supporting supplements and prescription therapeutic diets may improve your canine’s brain health.

Exercise is an important part of your dog’s physical and mental well-being; it releases healthy endorphins and reduces stress hormones, like cortisol. Physical activity also engages your dog’s mind by giving him a chance to explore and experience life outside the familiar and mundane. There are numerous ways to improve your dog’s physical — and mental — workout. Many dogs remain active well into their senior years and enjoy games of fetch or sports like agility or flyball (although you should check with your veterinarian before starting any exercise program with your pooch).


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