We are in the process of setting up a small retirement kennels for elderly rescued Rottweilers that have little chance of finding a forever sofa. We are trying to make the kennels as comfortable as possible and, foreseeing that the dogs will probably have arthritis, are going to put things like non-slip flooring, etc. down. The floor in their sleeping area is going to be insulated so they will not have their beds directly onto a cold floor, however we are undecided on what type of bed. Ideally the bed and bedding will be easily washed and hopefully indestructible. Would raised beds be the way to go?
I’m going to start this off as a new general request for kennel ideas if that’s ok. Please delete the new one if you wish.
I’d say raised bowls would be a great idea – eating a whole meal from the ground is like doing press-ups to get to your dinner.. and with potential arthritis that can’t be nice!! If you’ve got feeding toys as you have planned for small portions of a meal that should be enough to encourage movement
Thank you for your thoughts Kathryn. We’re planning on Kong Wobblers, Kongs, etc., where possible and raised water bowls to avoid spillages. Can I ask for further thoughts on raised food bowls please? – Obviously raised food bowls would be more comfortable, but we are undecided whether encouraging movement and bending would help OA in this instance.
Any other thoughts on an ideal kennel and run for elderly dogs very much appreciated 🙂
What a great idea!
Raised beds may be a good option (Berkeley dog beds and big dog bed company both have some great ones) or good orthopaedic beds – different dogs may have different preferences or needs. A lot will probably be used to having a bed on the floor I’m guessing and so might prefer that..
Make sure they’re big so they can stretch out if they want to.
Raised food bowls may be a good idea too to help with OA in the front legs/elbows. Interactive feeders and toys can be good too to keep them busy as a bored dog is a painful dog.
sounds like you’ve thought of a lot of stuff already 🙂
would love you to keep us updated!