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
I cannot overstate the importance of involving your vet in senior dog care.
I rely on my vet so much to help me care for Red, at times I feel like my life revolves on him and his schedule. I’m so worried when he’s not around, I’m terrified of what will happen to Red since there’s not much choice where I live, and I wouldn’t trust her life in his colleagues’ hands.… Read full post
As anyone fortunate enough to have a senior canine knows, these animals are in a class all their own, and, as such, warrant specialized care. Much like their two-legged counterparts, senior dogs tend to develop age-related health challenges that may involve any or every body part, from mouth to gut to joint to bone to brain, and beyond.… Read full post
There is a widespread belief that anesthesia and senior dogs are a deadly combination, and therefore not worth the risk.
It is an issue I have been confronted with on a few occasions, most recently a couple of month ago, so I thought it was an important one to discuss.
While it’s true anesthesia in an old dog is riskier than in a younger one (that applies to other animals and people too!), I don’t believe a blanket “it’s too risky” is the right attitude.… Read full post
Not everyone has gotten the message – senior dogs also need grooming!!
Unfortunately, there are many dog guardians out there who seem to think that just because their dog is older and spending more time in bed than out of it, grooming can take a back seat. They wait until the dog smells so bad they can’t stand it, or is unable to walk properly. … Read full post