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As your Labradoodle turns grey around the muzzle, their senior years bring special considerations. But with some adjustments to their care, you can keep your elderly doodle comfortable and content. The key is working with your vet to optimize their health, nutrition and activity level. Plus savoring the joys of their mellowed, loving companionship. Here’s how to give your senior Labradoodle their best golden years.

Senior Doodles Caring for Your Labradoodle in their Golden Years

Vet Visits and Health Monitoring

More frequent vet checkups help monitor your senior Labradoodle for age-related conditions like arthritis, dental disease, cancer and organ issues. Your vet will recommend testing and prevention based on their needs. Twice yearly senior wellness exams are a must.

You’ll also want to watch for signs of pain, decreased mobility, appetite changes, confusion, anxiety or housebreaking accidents. Tracking concerning symptoms helps vets diagnose and treat problems early to prolong quality life. Massage, joint supplements and medication can ease discomfort.

Brain Engagement

Just like humans, mental exercise protects aging dog brains and prevents cognitive decline. Keep your senior doodle’s mind engaged through:

  • New trick training like spinning, army crawling or playing dead
  • Nosework games finding hidden treats
  • Interactive food puzzles and Kongs
  • Learning new routes on walks to navigate
  • Visiting new-to-them parks, trails or shops

Mental stimulation along with medications can also help manage senior behavior issues like night waking or anxiety. Discover enriching ways to challenge their mind daily.

Joint-Friendly Exercise

Your senior Labradoodle still requires exercise daily, just adapted to their physical abilities. Activities like leisurely short walks, swimming, yard play and stair/jump avoidance are perfect for older joints. Many seniors enjoy:

  • Sniffy walks allowing them to investigate nature at their own pace
  • Gentle fetch sessions without rough jumping
  • Wading pools for buoyant water romping
  • Slow backyard zoomies and light play with trusted dogs

Monitor for fatigue and soreness. Orthopedic beds, ramps, joint supplements and pain medication also provide support.

Geriatric Nutrition

An aging Labradoodle benefits from tailored senior dog food containing glucosamine, omega fatty acids and antioxidants for joint, brain and heart health. Look for formulas with fewer calories from high protein and fiber to avoid weight gain. Probiotics support digestion too.

Since seniors are prone to finicky appetites, mix in special tasty wet food, bone broth or warm water to increase appeal. Adding a little extra water to their kibble softens it for weak teeth as well. Schedule more frequent mealtimes if they walk away distracted easily.

Grooming Adjustments

Grooming is essential for your senior Labradoodle’s comfort and hygiene, but may require adjustments. Shorter, more frequent brushing sessions keep them comfortable. Look for signs of discomfort like sensitivity, struggling or resisting.

Nails may need more frequent trims as they don’t wear down naturally. Older dogs often need dental cleanings for plaque and tooth pain interfering with eating. Your vet can perform these services or refer you to a groomer experienced with seniors if aging joints or anxiety becomes an obstacle.

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Labradoodles sadly can develop Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (doggy dementia) as they decline. Signs include confusion, anxiety, decreased hygiene, excessive pacing or vocalizing. Medications like selegiline or dietary supplements containing antioxidants, omegas and vitamin B may help slow progression. Adapting their environment and routine also provides support.

Senior Accidents

Don’t scold your senior for housetraining mistakes – it’s likely due to health issues, not obstinance. Take them out more frequently and watch for signals. Limit access with baby gates and crate rest. Rule out conditions like diabetes or kidney disease. Patience and veterinary care can often get things back on track.

Cherishing Your Elder Doodle

Yes, senior dogs require more care, but the payoff is years more of devoted companionship. Enjoy this relaxed, affectionate life stage by:

  • Capturing portraits of their sugar-frosted face
  • Preparing special easy-chew meals
  • Providing steps up to furniture
  • Going on gentle adventures together
  • Giving soothing massages and extra cuddles

Each day with your loyal Labradoodle is a gift. Laugh at their silly antics, meet their needs, and continue making wonderful memories together!

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