Senior Pets Need Help, Too!
By Susan Osmanski
Many pampered pets are living longer now and can develop orthopedic or arthritic problems, just like their loving owners. As a result, many senior pets have problems reaching the couch or bed; an action that was once a normal task.
Today, there are many products on the market that are designed to enable aging pets to continue their normal activities, even though they may have some problems.
Pet stairs are a great way to help older pets reach their favorite places, such as a couch or your bed. Many are lightweight, weighing as little as 5 lbs, and are easy to handle, which can be just as important for an aging owner. These can fold away if needed, or left out, since their modern styling blends well with any decor.
Other types of stairs are actual pieces of furniture with roomy compartments for your pampered pet's treasures.
In the line of beds, there are great beds made of new materials that both conform to your pet's body and provide an insulating environment. This provides soothing, warm comfort for aging joints. These beds are roughly 4" high, allowing easy access.
Since heat is soothing for active, aging pets, there is a variety of heated pet beds and mats for all sizes of pets, for indoor, doghouse or garage use. The heated pet beds are self-contained units while the mats are meant to be placed under existing materials. Thermo pet throws are becoming popular and are basically electric blankets for pets. They are for indoor use and have adapters for use in vehicles.
For the aging but still traveling pet, ramps are a great way for your pet to get into and out of vehicles safely. Some ramps are as light as 7 lbs supporting 200 lbs, while others can weigh as little as 13 lbs while supporting over 400 lbs. Use of such ramps can save wear and tear on your pets' aching joints.
If you are still an active individual but your pet is slowing down, you can still take him for bike rides with bicycle pet trailers for any size pet, or bicycle baskets for smaller pets.
We're aging and so are our pets. With so many great products available, your senior pet can keep up with you for a long, long time.
About The Author
Susan Osmanski is co-owner of Maxie's Gifts & More, a great online pet supply and outdoor products web-store, specializing in pampered cat products, luxury dog items, indoor bird supplies, outdoor wildlife products, decorative backyard and garden items and gifts for pet lovers. To explore our great selection of products for older pets, visit http://maxiethecatgiftshop.com/dogs.html . To see all the great products they have, please visit http://maxiethecatgiftshop.com