fostering old dogs saves lives

Why You Should Foster an Old Dog

 

This post is filled with everything you need to know about how, and why, you should foster a dog.  

We’re all familiar with the concept of fostering children, but fostering a dog? Not so much! Below you will find details explaining what fostering is, and why you should do it! … Read full post

making your home senior dog friendly

Making Your Home Senior Dog Friendly

This post is filled with lots of helpful tips for making your home senior dog friendly

UPDATE

It’s January 2017 and things have changed s bit since I first wrote this post in November 2015. The information is as relevant today as ever, but I’ve done a bit of revamping to more accurately reflect what’s going on now.… Read full post

symptoms that indicate dementia in dogs

Diagnosing Dementia in Dogs

I have put together a checklist that will help with diagnosing dementia in dogs. 

Many of the signs we attribute to “my dog is getting older and it’s normal” can actually be indicators that your dog is beginning to experience, or is already in an advanced state of, Canine Cognitive Disorder (CCD).… Read full post

14 Ways to Honour the Memory of Your Pet

Pet Memorial Ideas

In memory of my puppy mill rescue Saffy, who knew only a brief moment of peace In this post I will be listing a variety of pet memorial ideas, as a way to honour our animal companions.

Creating a memorial to honour an animal companion, can be a very effective way to help cope with the loss.… Read full post

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Dementia in Older Dogs: A Holistic Approach to Treatment

It seems more and more of us are seeking alternative therapies for ourselves and our pets, so this post is about a holistic approach to the treatment of dementia in older dogs.

A word of caution –if you are interested in exploring supplements, I recommend you find a holistic vet, or a vet trained in alternative therapies.… Read full post

8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Vet

8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Vet

We all want the best medical care we can find for our pets, so check out this article on the 8 things to consider when choosing a vet. 

Some people see vets as interchangeable. They’re happy to see whomever is working the day of their appointment, and trust the advice, and care, they receive.… Read full post

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Being With Your Pet at the End

We know how heart wrenching it is, the moment our pet dies. Many pet guardians aren’t even able to be there to watch. No judging please! It doesn’t mean they loved them any less than you love yours, it’s just too hard for some people to bear.

No guilt over not being there.… Read full post

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All About Dementia in Dogs

Dementia, senility or Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) – whatever you call it, dementia in dogs does exist.

I know you’re not liking the sound of this right now, but if you have noticed definite changes in your dog’s behaviour, isn’t it better to know the reason? At least once you do, you can help.… Read full post

Explaining the Death of a Pet to Your Kids

Explaining the Death of a Pet to Your Kids

One of the more difficult parts about losing a pet, may be explaining the death of a pet to your kids. For most kids, pets are family, their best friends.

Who greets them at the door when they come home? Do your children have private chats with their pets? Do they seek comfort and companionship from them?… Read full post

cushings disease in dogs

Cushings Disease in Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

 

Here is the simplest way to explain Cushing’s disease in dogs. 

The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) produces a hormone called ACTH

ACTH stimulates the adrenal gland (on top of kidneys) to produce glucocorticoid hormones/corticosteroids (Cortisol)

Something goes wrong in the pituitary or adrenal glands

Too much cortisol is produced by the adrenals

Cushing’s disease develops

Who gets it and when

Dogs usually get Cushing’s when they’re around six, but it can really happen at any age.… Read full post