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Older Dog Advice

 Listen to What They are Saying

Your Older Dog and You

Acknowledge the deep spiritual connection you have with your dog. Look for ways to strengthen and deepen those connections. Our pets and all animals feel the same emotions of pain, fear, love and sadness that we feel. When we are aware we are more in tune and connected to them. These levels of communication with them we can all share.

Older dogs are very wise and connected to their caregivers. They may have health issues unfolding and need extra care, but they are very tuned in to their guardians. If we allow ourselves to slow down and be in a calmer state of mind, we are more receptive to live in the present moment. This lends itself to greater feelings of peacefulness and contentment, creating a more harmonious inner core and place from which to care for our older dog.

Many old dogs communicate to us and we are so busy in our day to day life we forget to listen to them and truly hear what they are trying to say.

Here is some advice once given to me by a kindred spirit: 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