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What You Need for a Senior Chihuahua

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What You Need for a Senior Chihuahua

If you are like me (and I bet you are), then your dogs are family. They will always be your fur babies.

You have seen each other through thick and thin. They have been there for you and you are there for them too.

As your chihuahua gets older, his or her needs change (just like with humans). She may have slowed down.

Maybe her eyesight isn’t what it used to be. Or maybe she can’t jump up on the couch like she used to.

elderly chihuahua with cloudy eyes

This is all just a natural part of aging, and like it or not, it’s something we have to deal with.

We want to take care of our elderly chihuahuas and make their lives as comfortable as possible and make their golden years happy and healthy.

We want to keep them with us as long as we can, right?

The following is a list of things you may consider getting as your dog ages.

Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know if there is anything I missed or a product you like better than the ones I have in this post.

Also let me know if you have tried any of these products on your dog and how did they like them.

Comfort Products for Your Senior Dog


Your chihuahua will need a comfortable bed, even if he sleeps with you at night. All dogs sleep a lot, and older dogs sleep even more.

So it’s best to have a bed in a few of the rooms your dog spends most of his time in. I have several in my office, in the family room and even on top of my bed.

Orthopedic beds are best for elderly dogs. This is the one we like the best for chihuahuas.


We all know chihuahuas love burrowing in blankets.

Older chihuahuas tend to get cold easier than their younger counterparts so they specially love warm, soft blankets.

Be sure to have plenty available for your fur kid. Have one on their bed and then one or more on your couch or chair.


In the cooler months, your chihuahua will need some clothes. A sweater or shirt to wear at home and a jacket when going outside.

Supplements for Your Older Chihuahua

Joint Supplements

My chihuahuas are young and don’t need these yet but I do give them to my 14 year old Border Collie mix. They have helped her. She’s more mobile than she was and doesn’t seem to be in pain now. So they are definitely worth a try.

fawn colored chihuahua laying down

You do need to be consistent with them and give them a a month or two to work.

We use these for my dog. It also helps her with her itchy skin. You may want to cut them in half for a chihuahua.


No it’s not pot and it won’t get your dog high. It may just help with pain relief though and it will calm them down too if they are anxious. I use this on my son’s elderly dog for her arthritis and anxiety and it works wonders. Check out the brand we use here.

Cognitive Supplements

Some people have claimed great results with these supplements for their dogs that are getting senile.

Nutritional Supplements

Older dogs sometimes have trouble absorbing nutrients from their food. A good multivitamin can help.

Mobility Products for Your Senior Chi


These can be a life saver. And I mean that literally. You don’t want your dog jumping off furniture when their joints and bones aren’t quite what they used to be. There are lots of good options, but here is our pick. Ramps are also a good option for older dogs that can’t manage a few stairs. Check them out on Amazon here.

Check out our article on the best stairs for your dog


Strollers are great for little dogs of any age. I use one for my 1 year old chihuahua who hates going on walks with her brother and sister but does enjoy riding in her stroller.

Strollers are particularly great for older dogs who can’t walk great distances. It’s a way to go for a walk with your dog and not worry that it’s too much for them to handle.

Be sure to check out our best strollers for dogs article!

It’s also good to have a stroller anytime you take your dog into a crowd. You won’t have to worry about them getting stepped on.

Here is our favorite.

Bumper Collar

If your sweet senior dog has gone blind and is having problems bumping into things, you might want to get them a bumper collar to keep them from hurting themselves.

You can find them here.

Toe Grips

If your sweet chi is sliding on a hard floor, these toes grips can work miracles! I got these for my son’s 15 year old dog and it helped her not be afraid of walking on the floors again. 

A little tip: use a tiny drop of super glue on the inside of the grip before putting it on your dog’s nail. It will stay on for a long time that way.

Dog Sling

These are good for older dogs although I often use one for my 1 year old chi.

It’s great for when I take her to the vet or over to a friend’s house. Here is the one we have.

There is one other sling to talk about.

If your dog is partially paralyzed or just very unsteady on their legs, or maybe recovering from knee surgery, this sling will help them walk while you make sure they won’t fall.

You can find it here.

Incontinence Products for Your Elderly Chihuahua

Dog Diapers

If your dog is becoming incontinent, doggy diapers may be the answer. They are washable and they even have them for boys and girls.

The do have disposable ones too.

Potty Pads

Potty pads can come in handy too with older dogs. You can get the disposable kind or the washable kind.

Edible Products for Old Chihuahuas


This is an area where you may want to ask your vet what is best to feed your dog. Specially if your dog has any health issues.

If your dog is already doing well on a particular brand, check and see if they have a senior food too.

Most brands of dog food have senior dog formulas available. Just make sure it’s high quality.

If your dog is missing her teeth, you can add warm broth to kibble to soften it or feed them a wet food.

senior long hair laying down

We really like (and my own dogs eat this) A Pup Above. It’s delivered to you in sealed plastic bags that you can freeze and the food is human grade.

My dogs love this better than anything else they have ever tried and they seem to be doing well on it, including my oldster.

I have to warn you though, it’s not cheap. We have tried other human grade delivered dog food and they were all good. They are perfect for older dogs who are missing some teeth. Read more about our review of A Pup Above dog food.

There are other great foods out there too though. And if your dog is toothless and you’d like to try your hand at making their dog food, check out our post on homemade food for toothless dogs.


If your dog still has his teeth, these treats I’m going to recommend are wonderful for keeping them clean.

When I got Lucas, his breath was smelly. But after a month of giving one of these treats every morning after breakfast, the stinky breath went away.

We continue this habit with all my dogs every morning.

He just had a checkup yesterday and his vet said his teeth look great so these treats must be working.

They are called Ark Naturals Brushless Toothpaste.

If your dog is “dentally challenged”, these soft treats are a good option.

Pill Pockets

If your dog takes medication on a regular basis, you know what a hassle it can be. You can always wrap the pill in cheese or in a bit of peanut butter or you can put in a pill pocket.

I hope these product recommendations have helped you in your search for things to help your senior chi have a comfortable happy life.

Be sure to comment below if you have a recommendation of something I should include.


Why Senior Chihuahuas are the Best


Monday 13th of November 2023

Hi I rehomed my 12 yr old chihuahua recently! Looking for advice :) He only has 1 front tooth and no other teeth, just some bad gums. He has been eating dry kibbles all his life, and now that I got him he continues to eat them. He doesn’t really chew he just swallows, should I change his food to soft? He eats fine and adequate amounts but I’m worried he’s not enjoying his food. He also has severe attachment anxiety, must be near us at all times, also gets snappy and protective at times. I’m worried about his anxiety. Dr said he can take Trazodone but I’m worried that’s too strong..what do you recommend from experience? I saw CBD oil on your post but I’m scared to try anything. Also the CBD oil link doesn’t work. Would really appreciate the advice of dog mom/dads. I love my fur child and want to give him the best life. Thank you

Cathy Bendzunas

Monday 13th of November 2023

If he were mine, I would give him the same food that he's used to but add some warm broth (I use chicken or beef bone broth) and let the broth soften the food for about 10 minutes to make easier to eat. The bone broth also adds some extra nutrition. Do you remember which post you saw the broken link on? I need to fix that. This link should work. I have used it on my own dogs and on a few of the dogs I pet sit for with good results so give it a try.

Monday 21st of November 2022

I give my guy some pumpkin in his food and a pro biotic once per day to help with tummy trouble. Both have helped a lot. I also add water to his food to make it easier to eat because he’s missing a lot of teeth.


Monday 21st of November 2022

Great ideas! I use bone broth instead of water to soften food because it's so high in nutrients.


Sunday 20th of November 2022

I use washable pads I don't buy the dog one I use thy ones for people they are cheaper work well for my baby's


Sunday 20th of November 2022

I never thought of using one for people. That's a good idea.


Saturday 19th of November 2022

Excellent article. Thanks


Saturday 19th of November 2022

You're welcome!

Lance Trousdale

Friday 26th of November 2021

Instead of the stairs, I use a ramp for my 14 yr old chiweenie. It is easier for him to get into bed with and he loves the freedom of being able to get up and down on his own.


Friday 26th of November 2021

Ramps are great for older dogs.