aging pet

Older Dog Mobility Issues

Old dogs may have trouble getting around

Different walking aids and carts have liberated the lives of many old dogs

One day your dog will be old and possibly grey like the rest of us or heaven forbid, bald! Somehow bald looks better on people than it does on our dogs. With the exception of the hairless breeds of course. Whatever the situation, as dogs age they may become mobility challenged. The great news is that there are so many different tools available to help them function and get around, giving them the freedom of mobility and a return of their dignity.

In past years an older dog would have been put to sleep if it started to experience difficulty getting around. Today they are fitted with dog carts or dog wheelchairs and there are slings for helping the rear end. There are a number of companies who manufacture these products and custom fit them to your older dog. Some of these wonderful inventions can help avoid costly vet bills and I’ll explain how. Continue reading

Older Dog

There are many changes affecting our older dog. There are orthopaedic and neurological conditions, quality of life issues, pain management, nutritional concerns and environmental issues. With so many conditions to consider, some people would rather give up their geriatric dog than help them through the aging process into their  golden years. I myself, could never give away my beloved dog no matter what they had to deal with or what I had to do to help them live their life out fully to the end of their place here on earth in my care.

When our older dog has to deal with age related illnesses, they need us more than ever. Some of the conditions they may be facing are:

  • cancer
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • kidney failure or incontinence
  • digestive disorders
  • pancreas and liver compromises from medications
  • hormone imbalances
  • heart and lung diseases
  • immune related disorders
  • neurological disorders
  • reproductive issues such as pyometra and prostate problems
  • cognitive disorders
  • arthritis

There are many more changes that occur with old dogs and just like their human counterparts, we all adapt to these changes.

If we keep our dogs mind stimulated it helps with their cognitive abilities. This also keeps them happy and feeling good about themselves. Simple games of hide and seek, obedience commands even though we know that they know them all to well, creates a sense of importance within the dog. Hiding treats under three cups and asking them to find it is an easy and effortless game for  them. Asking them to bring their toys by name, or to speak to you or hold out their paw, all are easy and fun and stimulating that a senior dog can do. Short leash walks and hydrotherapy for their sore joints are all possibilities. you can read so much more about all this in my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs.” Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

Look at the possibilities with your companion dog and strive to maintain a healthy balance of mental and physical stimulation for them. We only have them around for a short time and every day lived to the fullest is a day worth treasuring! Continue reading

Vital Signs

So many of us don’t know what the baseline is for vital signs for our dogs.  The last time you want to discover this is when you are having an emergency and your vet asks what is their temperature reading? Believe me, knowing what the  temperature is for normal dogs pales in comparison to knowing that you now have to place a thermometer up your friends butt! Hoping your canine buddy will allow you to do this, it is not the way you want to find out in the last minute! In an emergency it is critical!

I ran across a time when I had to do this and I can’t tell you how frustrating it is when you have a dog who will let you do anything with them because they were very well conditioned as a puppy, and trust you to the end of  the earth, until now! Not only do you have to keep your state of calm, relaxed and in charge mindset, you are panicking inside at the possibility of your dog running away through the house with a thermometer hanging from their bum!

It is very important to practice taking your dog’s temperature when they are a baby. One of the few things most of us don’t do. Older dogs may need to have their vital signs checked regularly and I cannot stress the importance of this enough! If there is an emergency, the more you know the better it is for all involved. Continue reading

Older Dogs

Let’s face it folks, we all will have our loving companion getting older and unfortunately, they don’t live as long as we do. While they are here, we need to give them the best possible life ever, overflowing with all of the unconditional love they pour onto us.

Older dogs face an array of difficulties just like people do when they age. It can be very sad watching our once active dog romping around chasing butterflies and them now letting the same butterfly land on their nose and not even caring! What can we do to help?

There are many things we can do to help the aging pet get through their days with much more ease, and less pain from any dog arthritis or other debilitating disease. Very simple and yet helpful tips are: Continue reading