Whether it’s vision changes in older dogs or you are already living with a blind dog, figuring out the best way to care for him (or her) can be overwhelming. I adopted my first vision impaired dog about 9 years ago, and then next dog I adopted was totally blind. I had no rule book I just figured it out as I went along.… Read full post
Dementia, senility or Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) – whatever you call it, dementia in dogs does exist.
It’s probably sounding a bit scary but don’t worry, I’m going to walk you through what this is, how it’s diagnosed, and the treatment options available. One thing I always like to mention that is relevant for all pets, but seniors in particular, is the importance of keeping an eye out for changes in behaviour.… Read full post
Our most important goal in caring for a dog with arthritis, is making sure they are as comfortable and pain free as possible. The good news is there are some quick, easy and helpful lifestyle changes you can make, starting right now.Food and water bowls
Elevating the bowls means less stretching so less chance of pain when drinking or eating.… Read full post
Is it our general attitude about all things “old” that cause us to see old dogs as not worthy of our love and care? As something that is ready to be casually tossed, replaced with a younger, faster and “better” model? I suppose in many cases that is true, certainly not for those who share their lives with senior dogs, or do so much to rescue and care for them, and certainly not in my case.… Read full post
You may have just welcomed a senior dog into your life and if you have, congratulations!! Or your dog has reached that golden age and you’re starting to wonder if there are things you should be doing differently.
Well, this post is all about me sharing the ways I keep Red comfortable.… Read full post
Don’t mistake signs of arthritis in dogs for old age. What many pet guardians see as normal signs of aging, may actually be a dog in pain from the effects of arthritis.
Dogs slowing down, having difficulty getting in and out of their bed, and a “seeming” lost of interest in going for walks may be caused by many things, and arthritis is one of those “things.”What is arthritis?… Read full post
Have you found the best senior dog food?
If you haven’t I assume you’re hoping I will reveal the brand…right?
Well, I don’t believe there is a “best” senior dog food for every dog. The “one size fits all” approach many take simply does not make sense to me. Some brands are far superior to others, and dogs have individual needs, some requiring a more specialised diet than others.… Read full post
If you have a dog with dementia like I do, I hope you will find this post helpful. I had quite a struggle before Red was diagnosed (by me initially, then my vet agreed), and I know how tough it can be to handle, so I wrote this post all about how I care for my dog in the hopes it will help others. … Read full post
Getting older is not a topic I like to dwell on, but denial or not it’s happening. When it comes to our dogs it’s particularly important to be aware of the signs of aging, as well as any changes in behaviour, no matter how slight they may be.
Many people attribute changes in behaviour and physical abilities to getting older and they leave it at that.… Read full post