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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 make our dogs’ 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

Beds

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.

Blankets

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.

Clothes

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.

CBD Oil

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

Stairs

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.

Check out our article on the best stairs for your dog.

Strollers

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

Food

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) The Farmer’s Dog. 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.

There are other great foods out there too though.

Treats

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.

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Carrie

Sunday 12th of January 2020

My baby girl has just turned 17 in Sept and has recently been diagnosed with chf. I read this article and must say I ended saying "damn I'm good" for she already has majority of these items listed such as the stroller to keep her energy level healthy, the extra beds and blankets, shes always had clothes but shes wearing sweaters way more often because she is slowly becoming a little rack of bones even though she still has a healthy appetite, she has been unsteady on her feet as well so we had gotten her the sling for when shes out and about and she now has her own bathroom with pads down for her because her bladder isn't what it used to be...its such a sad but inevitable time in my pets life and so hard to see my baby get skinny etc, but most days shes still the spunky little go getter shes always been shes just a little wobbly and gets out of breath and tired quicker...hope everyone has good luck with their seniors because as old as they may be they will always be our babies !!

Cathy

Sunday 12th of January 2020

It sounds like you are a great doggy mom Carrie and your girl is adorable.

Barb Whan Harman

Friday 10th of January 2020

I’m already doing most of these tor almost 15 year old Minerva. I would like to add....try hiding pills in peanut butter. She never refuses it. You need very little.

Cathy

Friday 10th of January 2020

Let us know how the peanut butter works for you Barb.

Nina

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

Hi, I just came here to add bumper collars! My 19 year old Chi-hui is blind and somewhat deaf. Honestly a bumper collar was the best thing for him we used this brand link provided --https://blinddogbumpercollars.com/home . He has been wearing it since he was 17 and he looks spiffy if I may say so for him haha!

Cathy

Thursday 7th of November 2019

Thanks Nina, I'll add that to my post.

Sue

Wednesday 9th of October 2019

Article is right on — my Chihuahua had a severe back issue a few years ago — he is now 12 years old — vet recommended “ramps” indicating they caused less stress on his back/joints — I now have both Stairs and ramps and as he has gotten older he uses the ramps more often

Cathy

Wednesday 9th of October 2019

I'm glad they are helping him Sue. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie

Sunday 18th of August 2019

I have a 14yo and an 8yo chihuahua. The older one doesn’t see as well in the dark anymore so we got these motion sensor light to put along the stairs and now he can get up and down again without waiting for someone to turn on a light. They are inexpensive and don’t stay on too long after the motion, they also only come on if it’s dark so the batteries don’t get wasted in the day time. Here are the ones I bought:

Motion Sensor Light, Closet Light, Wall Light, Stick Anywhere with No Tools, Battery Powered LED Night Lights, Perfect for Staircase, Hallway, Bathroom, Bedroom, Kitchen, Cabinet (Pack of 3)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GCQ1D8W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_IGDwDb6J3XP33

Cathy

Sunday 18th of August 2019

That’s a great idea Stephanie! I’ll have to add that to the post.