Get them a really good bed: You’re not the only one who deserves a good night’s sleep. And don’t assume that any old pillow will do for your best friend; your precious pup should also have a comfortable bed. Particularly for aging dogs, memory foam beds can provide comfort and relief. Orvis makes memory foam specifically tailored to dogs because a dog’s weight is “distributed over a much smaller surface area than humans.”
But like memory foam for humans, Orvis’ high-density foam helps retain shape and support your doggy’s back. The beds come with water-resistant liners in case of accidents and look super comfy. They range in colors and price, and Orvis is having a sale right now on its Dream Lounger Dog Beds. They come in small ($119), medium ($143), large ($199) and extra large ($260) sizes and four colors. www.orvis.com Install a cat waterfall: I have a cat that is fascinated by water. Even though he’s got a full bowl 10 feet away, Charlie can be found wedged under the bathroom sink faucet, catching precious drops as they drip, drip, drip. If he’s good, Charlie might get a Drinkwell Pet Fountain for Cats ($39.97).
The filtered fountain provides a continuous flow of fresh, trickling water, which encourages the cat to drink more. This is especially useful for older felines suffering from kidney disease or diabetes. www.petfountain.com
Make the stairs safe: Humans and dogs alike can trip and fall down stairs. But if you have an aging dog especially an older large breed, like a Lab or golden retriever, which typically have back and haunch stiffness in their later years getting down stairs can be a precarious proposition.
Dean Flooring Company Washable Non-Skid Carpet Stair Treads ($132 for a set of 13) won’t be an eyesore. They come in a nice neutral silver, gray and black pattern, and because they have latex rubber edges and washable nonskid backing, the treads will help your furry friends get safely to the bottom of the stairs. www.deanstairtreads.com
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