Nutrition and your senior dog

Nutrition and Your Senior Dog

 

It’s easy to assume that the changes older dogs experience are inevitable. While hard to believe, most dogs are considered “senior” around age seven, and around this time, may slow down, sleep more, play less and otherwise show signs of age. But older dogs that get exercise, mental stimulation and specially-formulated nutrition can avoid some of the physical and cognitive changes that can come along with age such as decreased lean muscle mass, reduced mobility, reduced metabolism and changes in mental sharpness.… Read full post

living with doggy dementia

My Life as a Dog With Dementia

My name is Red, or Rosie as my wonderful mom likes to call me, and I am a dog with dementia.

Oh no, I haven’t even started my story yet and there she is with the waterworks already!

This morning my mom, Hindy, decided to write a follow up post about what it’s like living and caring for someone in my condition.… Read full post

diagnosing dementia in dogs

How to Recognize If You Have a Dog With Dementia

Doggie dementia is not something everyone is familiar with, I wasn’t, and if that’s the case how do you even recognize if you have a dog with dementia?  

There are a couple of important points I need to mention. First of all, 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

how to help a dog with dementia

How to Help a Dog With Dementia

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

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How I Care For A Dog With Dementia

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

dementia in dogs

Dementia in Dogs

I can’t think of anything more rewarding than making the last years of a pet’s life the absolute best they can be. There are many issues that may need to be addressed as our pets age, including mobility, pain, changes in vision and hearing, cognition or senility, dental care, incontinence, cancer, and changes in appetite and nutritional needs.… Read full post