Just because things don’t go the way we planned doesn’t mean we should stop sharing our love. Steve Grieg teaches us that lesson in his story of how the loss of a special dog encouraged him to share his love with sweet senior dogs who truly needed it.
Our senior pups may not move as fast as they used to, but they still benefit from regular exercise and walks. It’s important to keep older dogs moving, even if they don’t have the same physical abilities and needs that they did when they were younger. Here are some tips for walking senior dogs.
As dogs age, many of them begin losing their vision for a variety of reasons. Sometimes blindness in dogs comes on very quickly, but other times it happens gradually. Here are a few ways you can help if your senior dog is going blind.
One of the issues that many senior dogs face is hearing loss. Deafness can be age-related or it can be caused by a medical condition. Going deaf often happens gradually, and because of that, the symptoms of hearing loss are sometimes hard to spot until the condition is advanced.
Urinary incontinence happens when a dog that is usually house trained and able wait until they find an appropriate place to urinate loses control of their bladder. It’s often easily treated, and the medications are not expensive, so the sooner you get your dog to the veterinarian, the better.
Bath time can be trickier for senior dogs who deal with arthritis, skin conditions, blindness, and more. When bathing your senior dog, you should make every effort to get them as comfortable as possible, work with their medical needs, and reduce anxiety.
Up to 80 percent of dogs will suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives, and poor dental health can seriously affect seniors’ overall well-being. Here are six tips that will help you keep your senior dog’s teeth clean and maintain their oral health.
Euthanasia is an overdose of barbiturates that will stop a dog’s heart. It is painless when done properly. Many dog owners choose this option when their pet’s suffering becomes too great. Here is what you should know about dog euthanasia.
Arthritis is often assumed to be a senior dog disease. While it certainly does strike dogs in their golden years, younger dogs are susceptible, too. Although it’s incurable, treatment can make your dog feel a whole lot better. Here’s what you should know about arthritis in dogs.
In addition to the preparations you’d usually make when going for a long car ride with any dog, you have to take into account the special needs that come with your dog’s advanced age. Of course, we all love our senior pups and would gladly do anything to make their journey more comfortable.
Canine cognitive dysfunction, or CCD, is similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans, and it tends to appear in older dogs as the brain ages. The symptoms can be heartbreaking, but there are ways to help treat your dog, make them comfortable, and improve their condition.
When we start to think about bringing a dog into our family and home, we often consider adopting a puppy. But there are many reasons to go against the grain and adopt a senior dog. In fact, it can be a fulfilling and life changing experience for those who do.
Regular, moderate exercise can help keep blood flowing to senior dogs’ muscles, get joint fluid moving, and stave off weight gain that can worsen conditions such as diabetes or arthritis. Here are some outdoor exercises for your older pooch.
Indoor exercises can provide a low-stress workout for your gray-faced, senior pup that will help them avoid gaining weight, which can worsen arthritis and heart disease. If your dog is stuck inside because of the weather, give these a try.
If you must travel with your old dog by plane, make sure you and your dog are as prepared as possible, and start planning well in advance so you can be ready to meet your senior’s needs while flying and have a safe trip.
Like us, as our pets get older, navigating the challenges of winter becomes more difficult. Therefore, we must accommodate our senior dogs’ needs. Here are a few ways to keep your senior safe and comfortable through winter.
November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! Here are some great ways to keep your senior dog’s brain sharp so they’ll live happier and healthier in their later years.
The advantages of adopting and owning a senior dog are many. Learn the needs a senior dog has and find out if an older pup is the ideal best buddy you’ve been hoping for.
As our dogs get older we often see different age-related ailments that can cause our pups pain and discomfort. If you’re considering bringing home a sweet, old pooch, we’ve got a few tips that will help when it comes to caring for your senior dog.
November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! We here at Dogtime know how amazing senior pets can be, and want to dispel some negative myths surrounding senior dogs.
November is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month–a month dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes. If you care about sweet senior animals, help spread the word this month.