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18 Things To Help You Take Care Of Your Senior Dog

Your oldie (but goodie) pup brings so much joy to your life — it's time you return the favor.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about all the products that have helped them care for their senior dogs. From vitamin supplements to strollers, check out some of their favorite products and the adorable pups who love them below!

1. A lightweight doggy stroller so your senior pup can still mosey around town with you even if walking doesn't come easily anymore.

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"I had a dog stroller. It was great for when my old-man pug was having mobility issues. Even used it around the apartment so we didn't have to carry him everywhere." —samanthai2

"My dog's hip got so bad that we had to stop taking her on walks. She got really depressed, so we invested in a dog stroller. She loves it! I highly recommend one for smaller elderly dogs." —badwolfjenni

Get one from Amazon for $34.90 (available in purple, black, pink, and red) or a similar one from Walmart for $44.99.

2. A pair of raised food and water bowls to help your struggling pooch get their grub on.

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"My dog has some spine problems, so I got him a raised food and water bowl setup. It's really nice because he doesn't have to bend over to reach anymore. He looks way more comfortable using it instead." —ilikeaffenpinschers

Promising review: "Perfect size for my dog, good price, and fast delivery." —Machete

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in medium, large, and extra-large).

3. A Walkin' Wheels wheelchair for your pup who still wants the freedom to roam but doesn't have the mobility.

"My dogs' back legs were completely paralyzed for a while, and the Walkin' Wheels wheelchair was a total lifesaver!!!! The wheelchair is totally adjustable and has straps to keep their little feet from dragging on the ground. It was great for when he went outside, it kept him from peeing on himself and I honestly think it helped him regain his leg function. He can walk on his own again now — it seemed like having his back end supported helped his spine stay straightened out and helped it heal. I don't know for sure, but after using it for a few months his legs started to get a bit twitchy and getting the muscle back, so I was thrilled with that, lol. It was a bit spendy but worth it!" —ilikeaffenpinschersGet it from Amazon for $249+ (available in six sizes and in camo, pink, and blue) or from Walmart for $224+.
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"My dogs' back legs were completely paralyzed for a while, and the Walkin' Wheels wheelchair was a total lifesaver!!!! The wheelchair is totally adjustable and has straps to keep their little feet from dragging on the ground. It was great for when he went outside, it kept him from peeing on himself and I honestly think it helped him regain his leg function. He can walk on his own again now — it seemed like having his back end supported helped his spine stay straightened out and helped it heal. I don't know for sure, but after using it for a few months his legs started to get a bit twitchy and getting the muscle back, so I was thrilled with that, lol. It was a bit spendy but worth it!" —ilikeaffenpinschers

Get it from Amazon for $249+ (available in six sizes and in camo, pink, and blue) or from Walmart for $224+.

4. A bottle of Phycox soft chews to help with any arthritis and joint pain your little love bug might be dealing with.

"Phycox joint supplements! Our previous Boston terrier had some issues with arthritis. I couldn't stand to see him having issues getting around or hurt. I didn't want him to have to constantly be on pain meds though. They come in soft chews and he loved them. They smelled like death and I seriously had to hold my breath when I gave him one, but he was in love with them. Took about two weeks and it was like he found the fountain of youth. He was more energetic, ran around, wanted to play all the time. Those supplements helped make his last few years with us enjoyable, a little less painful, and memorable." —ktf27Get a 120-count bottle from Amazon for $62.13+ or from Walmart for $50.14.
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"Phycox joint supplements! Our previous Boston terrier had some issues with arthritis. I couldn't stand to see him having issues getting around or hurt. I didn't want him to have to constantly be on pain meds though. They come in soft chews and he loved them. They smelled like death and I seriously had to hold my breath when I gave him one, but he was in love with them. Took about two weeks and it was like he found the fountain of youth. He was more energetic, ran around, wanted to play all the time. Those supplements helped make his last few years with us enjoyable, a little less painful, and memorable." —ktf27

Get a 120-count bottle from Amazon for $62.13+ or from Walmart for $50.14.

5. A Thundershirt designed to apply a gentle and constant pressure that'll help calm and soothe your anxious pup.

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"I have two senior dogs, a 12-year-old pug and 8-year-old beagle/dachshund mix. I found that my pug loves warm blankets in his bed to help cushion his joints. My beagle/dachshund mix loves his Thundershirt for when he feels anxious or separation anxiety when I go to work." —alyssiai2

Get a Thundershirt from Amazon for $24+ (available in seven sizes).

6. A pack of Greenies Pill Pockets so your pup takes their meds without a struggle — they'll get a treat and you'll have peace of mind knowing they're getting the medicine they need.

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"We use Pill Pockets for our two older dogs. We don't like forcing the pill down their throats, and this way it feels like they're getting a treat!" —laurenirenew

Get them from Amazon for $16.99 (available in chicken and hickory flavors) or from Walmart for $20.87.

7. A durable collapsible wagon capable of working in the outdoors so you can roll your big ol' cuddle monster around even in the toughest of terrains.

"My parents have a senior Shih Tzu and she has Cushing's disease, which makes her very wobbly, so they bought a foldable wagon to haul her around. Works in snow and on mountains. She loves it. They also have some little balloon paw covers for the snow. They work exceptionally well." —k4eb6374d6Promising review: "Love this wagon. We have a rescued pitbull and he has been through many hurtful events. He struggles to walk a long distance with the rest of our pack. He loves his wagon and thinks while in his wagon he gets excited to be able to keep up with his brothers." —Scott SpenceGet one from Amazon for $67.25+ (available in seven colors).
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"My parents have a senior Shih Tzu and she has Cushing's disease, which makes her very wobbly, so they bought a foldable wagon to haul her around. Works in snow and on mountains. She loves it. They also have some little balloon paw covers for the snow. They work exceptionally well." —k4eb6374d6

Promising review: "Love this wagon. We have a rescued pitbull and he has been through many hurtful events. He struggles to walk a long distance with the rest of our pack. He loves his wagon and thinks while in his wagon he gets excited to be able to keep up with his brothers." —Scott Spence

Get one from Amazon for $67.25+ (available in seven colors).

8. A carpeted indoor ramp to help your doggo easily make their way onto bed or the sofa since they probably can't jump like they used to.

"This ramp made all the difference. I had an older version and had to add a carpet with more traction to it. Pushed the ramp against the wall and then the bed against the ramp. My senior was also blind so it prevented her from falling off the ramp trying to get into bed." —nlrayprice01Get it from Amazon for $119.95.
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"This ramp made all the difference. I had an older version and had to add a carpet with more traction to it. Pushed the ramp against the wall and then the bed against the ramp. My senior was also blind so it prevented her from falling off the ramp trying to get into bed." —nlrayprice01

Get it from Amazon for $119.95.

9. A customized Barkbox that'll deliver a package of delightful treats and toys every month to your door — selected based on your pup's preferences and needs.

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"My ol' man, Puchi (going on 12, though he still looks like a youngin') loooves his customized Barkbox. No kidding or plugs here, just an honest he-really-does-love-the-new-toys-and-treats-every-month testimonial. He gets sent soft treats and toys that aren't hard on his teeth or tum. He is also very stubborn about using his steps to get off the bed (getting on with them is no prob) so I have my daughter's toddler bed set up at the end of our bed for him to jump onto before the floor. Less distance to floor = less chance of an injury!" —trw21680

Check out a more in-depth review on Barkbox and other doggie subscription services here.

Get a subscription from Barkbox starting at $21/month.

10. A super-comfy and big-enough-for-them-to stretch-out-bed so your pooch has a relaxing place to chill when they're pooped from all those cuddles you've been giving them.

"It might seem obvious, but a comfortable bed and blanket go a long way. My senior dog, Lucky (she turns 16 in April), often ends up asleep stretched out so I make sure her bed is big enough for her entire body length. I also make sure she has plenty of softer places to sleep around the house." —kjelleebeanGet it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four sizes and 22 colors).
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"It might seem obvious, but a comfortable bed and blanket go a long way. My senior dog, Lucky (she turns 16 in April), often ends up asleep stretched out so I make sure her bed is big enough for her entire body length. I also make sure she has plenty of softer places to sleep around the house." —kjelleebean

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four sizes and 22 colors).

11. A balanced premade food designed especially for their sensitive and picky tummy.

"My dog is SUCH a picky eater in her old age and it got to a point where she refused to eat any of her dog food and would barely munch on a few table scraps. We tried all the different appetite stimulators out there, and then we found this one! It’s absolute MAGIC! We don’t know what it is, but ever since we started mixing a tablespoon of this in with every bowl of food every night she attacks it right away. We never have to force her to try to eat — she voluntarily swallows it!" —jasxinaGet a case of 12 cans from Amazon for $49.90.
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"My dog is SUCH a picky eater in her old age and it got to a point where she refused to eat any of her dog food and would barely munch on a few table scraps. We tried all the different appetite stimulators out there, and then we found this one! It’s absolute MAGIC! We don’t know what it is, but ever since we started mixing a tablespoon of this in with every bowl of food every night she attacks it right away. We never have to force her to try to eat — she voluntarily swallows it!" —jasxina

Get a case of 12 cans from Amazon for $49.90.

12. A purifying Himalayan salt lamp that creates a subtle, soothing glow, for any pups who need a night-light to guide them when it's dark.

"During the last year of my Jack Russell's 18-year-old life, my mom ended up buying two Himalayan salt lamps to help ease his wheezing. Not only did they do that, but the faint orange glow was nice to have at night when he became scared of the dark." —morshaw95Get it from Amazon for $24.99.
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"During the last year of my Jack Russell's 18-year-old life, my mom ended up buying two Himalayan salt lamps to help ease his wheezing. Not only did they do that, but the faint orange glow was nice to have at night when he became scared of the dark." —morshaw95

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

13. A calming and organic pet spray to help your struggling pooch get around the house even when their vision is fading.

"This no stress spray helped my blind senior get around the house. You spray their bed, mats, anything you want them to be able to find. It helps guide them to these things because they like the pheromone in the spray." —nlrayprice01Get it from Amazon for $17.13.
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"This no stress spray helped my blind senior get around the house. You spray their bed, mats, anything you want them to be able to find. It helps guide them to these things because they like the pheromone in the spray." —nlrayprice01

Get it from Amazon for $17.13.

14. A pack of rechargeable motion-sensor lights so you can help lead your pup through the darkest corners of your home.

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"My dog is almost 15. Just this past year is when a lot of her ailments began, but she’s still doing pretty awesome. She isn’t blind but has trouble seeing in the dark. I bought a motion-sensor light from Amazon that is awesome (and rechargeable) to put on our poorly lit stairwell. Lasts for a full month and a half before it needs to be charged again." —jillianb4d44f726f

Promising review: "Amazing! These are affordable, easy to use, reliable, and EASILY RECHARGEABLE — my favorite feature. These easily detach from the wall, plug in the USB, and there is no expense of batteries or rechargeable batteries. Last a good long time on the charge. The light is really bright. You can attach them with the sticky that's sent with it or hang it on a hook by the tab. I bought several more packets of these for all over my dark areas. With these, the light automatically illuminates the floor for a short period and I feel much safer. Love these." —Silver M

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.90.

15. A chewable vitamin supplement to soothe their arthritis pain without the use of medication.

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"Cosequin supplements to help with arthritis symptoms. I've been a vet tech for years and have used this with pets for over 20 years." —susans4176e6f6a

Promising review: "We rescued an older dog — 11 at the time, he's about 15 now (shepherd mix). And he's starting to have trouble getting up and walking the usual around-the-block distance at a normal pace. We already give him glucosamine supplements (human pill) since we rescued him, and it helped a lot, but over the years arthritis started to develop. I did a bunch of research on what's out there and decided to try Cosequin DS. And it's amazing! My vet approved the regimen and agreed this was a good supplement before any real pain-relief meds. And it's been great! He loves taking them since it's flavored, and it's been a month and he gets up like normal, walks up and down stairs, and keeps up with his normal walking routines at the dog park! It's not a miracle supplement that's curing anything, but it's definitely relieved his pain and prolonging the time before we may have to turn to meds." —StarDog

Get 132-count container from Amazon for $34.95 or get a 250-count jar from Walmart for $78.47.

16. A set of carpeted pet stairs designed to be easily collapsible and securely stored when they're not needed.

Promising review: "We first bought these steps several years ago to allow aging dogs access to the bed or sofa. We've got several of the steps at different places in the house. While we usually leave them in place, it's great that they can be easily folded and stored under many beds or in a closet. The low-pile carpet on the steps gives the dogs traction and helps prevent slipping. While the step platforms can be folded to create more of a ramp instead of steps, the incline is pretty steep. We found the steps worked best for our dogs. After our older dogs passed, we kept the steps for our new pups. Since jumping from high beds can put a lot of stress on dog's joints, which can later lead to the issues our older dogs experienced, we wanted to encourage the younger ones to use the steps to avoid later problems. They must like it since they usually use the steps even though they can jump up and down. We've had these steps for years now and they've held up very well overall. Highly recommend especially for smaller or aging pets as well as those that have had surgery." —MJS81Get them from Amazon for $149.99+ (available in two- and four-step options).
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Promising review: "We first bought these steps several years ago to allow aging dogs access to the bed or sofa. We've got several of the steps at different places in the house. While we usually leave them in place, it's great that they can be easily folded and stored under many beds or in a closet. The low-pile carpet on the steps gives the dogs traction and helps prevent slipping. While the step platforms can be folded to create more of a ramp instead of steps, the incline is pretty steep. We found the steps worked best for our dogs. After our older dogs passed, we kept the steps for our new pups. Since jumping from high beds can put a lot of stress on dog's joints, which can later lead to the issues our older dogs experienced, we wanted to encourage the younger ones to use the steps to avoid later problems. They must like it since they usually use the steps even though they can jump up and down. We've had these steps for years now and they've held up very well overall. Highly recommend especially for smaller or aging pets as well as those that have had surgery." —MJS81

Get them from Amazon for $149.99+ (available in two- and four-step options).

17. A case of Dinovite Nutritional Supplements you can sprinkle onto their food to provide them with the amino acids, fatty acids, zinc, vitamins, direct-fed microbials, and other nutrients that'll support their immune system and body function.

"Dinovite is an amazing supplement. As Bernice got into her older years, she would often have very irritated skin and would seem sluggish, and one of her hips was getting painful for her to use. Dinovite made her skin calm down, made her hair super shiny and healthy, her hip was hurting her less, and she acted years younger. It’s an amazing supplement that I would recommend to senior and adult dogs (and it makes them less stinky to boot)!" —hardcoreblanchardGet it from Dinovite starting at $24.99 (supplements vary based on your dog's size).
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"Dinovite is an amazing supplement. As Bernice got into her older years, she would often have very irritated skin and would seem sluggish, and one of her hips was getting painful for her to use. Dinovite made her skin calm down, made her hair super shiny and healthy, her hip was hurting her less, and she acted years younger. It’s an amazing supplement that I would recommend to senior and adult dogs (and it makes them less stinky to boot)!" —hardcoreblanchard

Get it from Dinovite starting at $24.99 (supplements vary based on your dog's size).

18. And a pup-mobile! A wagon filled with cushy blankets and pillows to make their journey with you totally heavenly.

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"The pug-mobile for my senior pug, Jake! It has all his favorite blankets and a pillow." —alyssiai2

Get the wagon for $126.99, a pillow for $10.92+, a small blanket for $2.42, and a larger blanket for $9.99+ from Amazon.

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