Aging Dogs

Caring for Your Senior Bichon Frise Dog

Aging dogs have senior dog health problems and diseases that develop as a dog gets older, and they have physical and mental limitations they didn’t have as puppies.

In addition to hearing loss and slowing down, your aging Bichon Frise may develop arthritis, hypothyroidism, cataracts, Cushing’s Disease or experience muscle loss.

To keep him comfortable, you may need to get him some special senior dog equipment or adapt his home environment to keep him active and comfortable…

More articles on aging Bichon Frises:

Senior Dog Health
Dog Health
Canine Urinary Incontinence
Canine Urinary Incontinence
Dog Incontinence Products
Dog Incontinence Products

Care for Aging Dogs

As your Bichon Frise ages, you may notice some graying on her face and muzzle. She will probably move slower and she may have trouble getting up and down, and climbing onto the sofa or into the car.

In addition, your dog may not respond when you speak to her. She may not be ignoring you—she may be unable to hear you.

Aging dogs like this 13 year old Bichon Frise dog need extra care.
Aging dogs like this 13 year old Bichon Frise dog, may require more care than a younger dog or puppy.

Senior Dog Health

As your Bichon Frise ages, it may become difficult to tell if she is misbehaving or if she is having medical problems, or a combination of the two!

Aging dogs sometimes become less responsive or forget their training, just as people sometimes become forgetful.  They also can become deaf or hard of hearing and lose some or all of their vision.  Even your Bichon Frise dog’s wonderful sense of smell may fade.

Perhaps even more frustrating, aging dogs can lose control of their urine, with teltale little puddles around the house.

If these things happen, your dog may not be in control.  In fact, she may not even remember her obedience commands or that we always go outside to take care of business.

Here are some things that you can do to help your senior dog:

  • Elevated Dog Food Bowls – Sometimes aging dogs just can’t bend down very far, or it is painful when they do.  An elevated dog bowl could make eating less painful for your senior dog.
  • Dog Car Ramp – If your dog is used to going with you in the car, you may want to consider a dog car ramp to help her get in and out of the car on her own.
  • Indoor Pet Ramp – Bichons love to be where you are—on the sofa, in your bed—and an indoor pet ramp can help your arthritic old dog climb to where she wants to be.
  • Heated Dog Beds or a Pet Bed Warmer – A little heat can feel pretty nice on those old stiff bones.  A heated dog bed is like having a heating pad in bed with you.  Your arthritic dog will appreciate the pampering.
  • Orthopedic Dog Bed – If you know your dog has a problem with stiffness, perhaps an orthopedic bed would help.  An orthopedic dog bed is designed to support aging dogs’ old bones and make them more comfortable.
  • Memory Foam Dog Bed – Just like your memory foam bed, your dog can have one too…
  • Healthy Diet –  Aging dogs have different dietary needs from younger dogs.  Make sure your older dog is getting all the nutrients that he needs.

Aging dogs still need affection, play and exercise.  While you may need to slow down for your older Bichon Frise, make sure you still include him in fun activities.

You can still have fun with aging dogs–you just need to help them be more comfortable and learn ways to include them, even if you have to make adaptations to your schedule and your home!