The onset of senior citizenship varies greatly among dogs. The general rule is: the bigger the dog, the shorter her lifespan. For large breeds, the senior stage can start as early as age six. Toy breeds may not reach this phase until close to the teen years.
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- Senior Dachshund found outside shelter with heartbreaking note
A dog was left at the front door of an animal rescue center with a note requesting he be put down.
- Senior Pit Bull finds “heavenly” home
Nuns from the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine in New York adopted a Pit Bull Terrier.
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- A case for adult dogs
Learn the truth about adult shelter dogs and give these, loving, loyal dogs a second look.
- Diagnosing and treating urinary incontinence
Some dog owners fear that urinary incontinence is a natural result of aging and delay taking their...
- Dog Arthritis
Arthritis is often assumed to be a senior dog disease. While it certainly does strike dogs in...
- Dog Cataracts
Cataracts is the most common vision problem among dogs, but contrary to popular belief, it...
- Dog euthanasia
What is euthanasia? Will it hurt my dog? Can I be present? Let us help make your experience
- Feeding an older dog
Trying to decide whether to switch your older dog to senior dog food is harder than you'd think....
- Incontinence in Dogs
When it comes to incontinence, the main difference between dogs and humans is one of access. You...
- Life with a senior dog
Most dogs become seniors between the ages of seven and 12, with big dogs aging faster than smaller...
- Muttville adopts out its 1000th dog
Maxs story is not unusual. Abandoned at age nine, his chances of finding a new family to love and...
- Muttville benefit to bring 2nd chance to senior dogs
Attention California Bay Area Animal Lovers and Party Animals: Looking for something causey and...
- November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Throughout the month of November, rescues and shelters will promote adopting senior pets.
- Older dogs rule
If you're thinking about dog adoption, check-out the many benefits of adopting an adult dog.
Parvovirus is the most common infectious dog disease in the U.S., infecting puppies and seniors.
- Parvovirus primer
- Photographer devotes work to promote senior shelter dogs
A book titled Silver Hearts by photographer Lori Fusaro promotes adopting senior dogs.
- Recognizing and treating dog cataracts
Learn how to recognize the symptoms of dog cataracts and what treatments are available.
- Rescue dogs: seniors with some livin' left to do
Sherri Franklin is making up for lost time. Until age 35, she hadn't so much as walked a dog, let...
- Rethinking pet insurance
If you're reading this story you've probably got an older dog. And if you've got an older dog you...
- Senior Success Story: 9-year-old Pit Bull Goes Home
By Vicki Brown, StubbyDog.org Our Staffordshire Terrier, Elliott, died at the age of 17 years...
- Senior dog care
Dogs today are living longer than ever before, thanks to increasing knowledge about nutritional...
- Teaching old dogs new tricks
It is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks! If you adopt an adult or even a senior dog,...
- The gift of hospice care
Learn about pet hospice care and the option to care for your pet at home in her final days.
- Top 10 dog care essentials
There are few things in life that are more fun and rewarding than bringing a dog into your family....
- Top 10 dog care tips
- When to say good-bye to your dog
Is there ever a "good" time to say good-bye to your beloved animal friend?
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