Health

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While it’s important for dogs of all ages to have regular vet checks, it’s even more important as your dog reaches his senior years. Because many people aren’t sure what the signs of aging are, potential serious problems can be overlooked, and dismissed as “normal.” Regular senior health checks will increase the chances of catching a problem early.

When you notice any changes in your dog’s behaviour, mood, eating or sleeping habits, water consumption, frequency of urination… anything different, make an appointment to see your vet right away. Don’t worry about being seen as overreacting, or a worry wart – that’s what your vet is there for. You know your dog better than anyone, and are the best judge of even the slight changes.

On this site I will be covering a variety of health and welfare topics, and discussing what we can do, at home, to make our dogs as comfortable as possible.

I’m always delighted to hear from you, so please share your comments, stories, tips, advice and experiences.

Help me make this site a one stop resource, for all the wonderful people who care for senior dogs.

11 thoughts on “Health

  1. Oh what a lovely story, what a lovely thing to be able to do! Take a dog in and give it some comfort and a happy life during it’s senior years! You seem to know exactly what to do.. how many dogs would you say you’ve taken in? Is it quite costly in vet bills taking in a dog at this age? Sammi

    1. Hi Sammi, thanks so much for your kind words. I love the senior and special needs dogs. They deserve love in their final years, yet they’re mostly overlooked. Breaks my heart. I used to volunteer at a shelter in Florida, and they had a room called “the oldies” room. I would walk and care for them every week, and I would choose from the dogs in that room. I guess I’ve taken in 7 or 8 over a 5 year period. I wish I could have afforded to take in more, hence my reason for being at WA. To be honest, older dogs don’t necessarily come with huge vet bills. Some had no medication, while my current one has tons. If you foster you’re able to bring them to the vet tech for minor issues, and certain medication so that saves on cost. Everything else – food, vet visits and other medications not available we paid for. I look at it as a donation to the shelter.

  2. Hey there Hindy.

    After reading the first paragraph I went to check your ‘About Me’ page, because the concept of caring for older dogs was unusual to me. I’ve only ever heard about puppies or kittens being adopted.

    It’s very compelling what you’re doing here. While I was reading this, my mind drifted to caring for elderly humans (as my nan is currently unwell and needs constant medical attention). I really applaud you for staying in your profession, because dogs must pass away all the time and it takes an extremely strong willed person to carry on giving dogs’ and cats’ lives the best possible experience until the end… Ready for a new beginning 🙂

    1. Thanks for your kind words Ryan. I’m so happy to know this page has drawn attention to the wonderful world of senior pets. I must admit it makes me sad how often these amazing older dogs are overlooked, and you’re right – the same can be said for how often we seem to neglect the elderly in this world. I’m sure it must be difficult to watch your grandmother being unwell. I’m hope she feels better soon. Of course the loss of a pet is always heartbreaking, and with older dogs you don’t get to enjoy them for as long, but I can’t imagine not being able to do what I do. My goal is to open The Saffy Pearson Retirement Home for Animals. A tribute to a wonderful dog who suffered so much in her life, and knew peace for only a short time.

  3. Hello here, it is nice that you write blog about senior dogs. All animals, who were young and brought pleasure for us, now they they are the same our friends. Just more clumsy, with bad hearing or aching joints.
    Taking proper care of them, we show them, that they are the same lovable pets for us, that we do not forget them.
    I saw one couple, who brought their cocker spaniel outside caring in arms, because this dog could barely walk.
    Thanks for providing helpful information to whose who care about their furry friends.
    All the best, happy writing, Nemira.

    1. Hi Nemira, Thanks very much for leaving a comment, and I’m glad you like my blog , and find it helpful. I like that you wrote older dogs are still our friends, just like when they were younger. Sadly, many people don’t feel the same way as you do, which is why shelters see so many old dogs dumped when their families no longer want them. Must have been such a beautiful sight, seeing how much that couple loved their dog. All the best to you Nemira.

  4. Seeing that most dogs are part of the family and we generally treat them like an important part of the family, they should always be given consideration as they age.

    Dog can suffer from some of the same issues we humans do. I have a friend that had an obese dog sufferring from diabetes/ Who would have thought right?

    I look forward to reading more about this so I will come back to see more of your posts.

    1. Hi Debra, thanks for commenting. Our pets definitely should be treated as part of the family,and yes they most certainly can suffer from some of the same illnesses as humans. I wonder how many people don’t realise that? Shame about your friend’s dog, but just like insulin treats human diabetes it treats canine as well. Ah the wonders of modern medicine!

  5. I had no idea there was a pet dental health month!!!! I keep a bag of “dentastix” in my car for whenever the “kids” come with me. I’m not sure which they love more, the ride or the snack! Pretty sure its the ride….the other day I was working on the computer & the house was totally silent. I yelled out “Who wants to go for a ride?” and then the house erupted into pandemonium and wagging tails. They were to funny!! My puggle “Manny” turned 8 a few months ago & we are both trying to get more exercise and lose some baggage. Cami is a maniac so no worries there. But it’s tough with “Tubby” cause is such a food hog. He has even managed to get the sliding door off the tracks where the dog food is. We are constantly having to find new ways to keep food away for him!

    1. Hi Jester, they are hilarious aren’t they? They know what “ride” means, you can’t fool the little devils can you? Just wondering if you “free feed” the dogs? It’s not hard to keep food away from a dog if they’re eating meals, and they’re supervised. I have to watch my two like a hawk, otherwise their faces will be in each others’ bowls. One of my dogs was obese when I adopted her, literally had a stomach touching the ground. New food, controlled portions and slow walks had her slimmed down in no time. Good luck!

  6. I had an old, old Airdale hound that was so old, I think he had alzhiemers. There was nights he would roam around the house doing nothing but barking his head off. He would also sit down in the morning and scratch himself for like 20 minutes straight. Just scratching as hard as he could. Earl was his name and he was a good old dog but one day he got into a fight and had to be put down because he was torn up so badly. Oh another thing I forgot to mention was that during his sleep he would lay there snoring and farting up a storm!
    Glad to see You’ve got a passion for dogs Keep up the good work. Torrey

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