The greatest challenges of caring for a senior dog

The Greatest Challenges of Caring for a Senior Dog

I loved my senior dog Red more than anything, and when she died I fell apart. I would be lying if I said it was always easy caring for her, and I’m honest when I say at times I wished it was over.

I know these are sentiments shared by many senior dog parents, particularly those of us who were and are dealing with serious health issues.… Read full post

What to do if your old dog won't eat

What to do if Your Old Dog Won’t Eat

I know from experience what it’s like to feel so desperate when your old dog won’t eat, you’re willing to do and try anything!

Red, the love of my life, sadly got her wings on May 18 of this year (2018). I adopted her when she was around 8 so we think she passed at around 17 years of age.… Read full post

Must have senior dog supplies

Must Have Senior Dog Supplies

I see so many lists for new puppy items, but not so many for senior dog supplies!! What’s up with that…senior dogs also need stuff!!

If you’ve shared your life with your dog since he was a puppy, I’m sure there’s no shortage of supplies, but have you adapted them to his changing needs?… Read full post

Would your senior dog benefit from New Zealand green lipped mussels

Would Your Senior Dog Benefit From Green Lipped Mussels?

Are green lipped mussels the next “great thing” for our senior dogs? Let’s take a look and see!

What are they and are they really green?

Green lipped mussels (or GLM) are a type of mussel found only in New Zealand, and the shell is rimmed in green.

Benefits   Natural inflammatory Reduces pain Protects joints Boosts the immune system Strengthens bones Helps in repair of cartilage Preventative What makes green lipped mussels so powerful?… Read full post
Eight things I learned caring for a senior dog

Eight things I Learned Caring For a Senior Dog

I shared nine fantastic years with my dog Daisy who sadly crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in April when she was 13.

She had arthritis from the age of four when I first rescued her, but was so lively and only slowed her down in her final few months.

Two months before we lost her, Daisy was diagnosed with dementia, and a week before she passed her vet suspected she had a brain tumour.… Read full post

How to build your own dog ramp

How to Build Your Own Dog Ramp

Thankfully the weather where we live is FINALLY starting to improve, the dogs can go for longer walks and I can start planting flowers.

Except for a random three days it was pretty miserable, but those three days got all my neighbours out and going DIY crazy!!  

My new neighbour created a whole garden, complete with paving stone lined paths and wooden boxes she built to hide things she didn’t like the look of.… Read full post

How to choose the best toothbrush for a dog

How to Choose the Best Toothbrush For a Dog

Do you know how to choose the best toothbrush for a dog? Do you even brush your dog’s teeth?? If you don’t you’re not alone, a lot of pup parents either don’t realise how important it is, aren’t sure how to do it, or can’t get near enough to their dog’s mouth to try!… Read full post

Natural Instinct raw food for senior dogs

Feeding Raw to Older Dogs

 

Dogs and cats have evolved to eat meat and bone. The structure of their jaws, their teeth and their digestive system have not changed at all since the days that they would hunt and scavenge for their food, which is why it makes sense to continue to feed them raw meat and bone, just as nature intended.… Read full post

ThunderShirt for dogs product review

ThunderShirt for Dogs – Product Review

Does any of this sound familiar?

Your senior dog has dementia and can’t stop circling or pacing You are about to start campaigning for a ban on fireworks The sound of rumblings in the sky sends you into a panic Your dog is left out of family fun days because he can’t handle a car ride It’s a wrestling match trying to take him or her to the vet Your dog is destroying your home when left alone You can’t find the “off” switch when he starts to bark Don’t worry because help is finally here!… Read full post
if a senior dog has a seizure is it canine epilepsy

If A Senior Dog Has A Seizure, Is It Canine Epilepsy?

 

One minute your sweet senior dog seems fine, taking a lovely snooze in a ray of sunshine or laying nearby chewing on a toy, and the next minute s/he is convulsing on the floor, having a seizure. After the initial fright and fear starts to ebb, and you soothe and care for your dog, your mind begins to race: Is my dog okay?… Read full post