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Adjusting To Older Dogs

By Ron Ayalon

Marty is having a hard time keeping up these days. Once your most motivating companion on a long run, now he hobbles behind, slowing you to a walk instead of sprinting ahead the way he used to. After your hikes, he comes home and sleeps all afternoon. Your best friend has reached old age and you might have to learn some new tricks to keep him healthy and happy in his golden years.

Signs of Aging
Not unlike humans, old dogs become less active. Maybe he seems stiff when we walks and he may even forget his way around the neighborhood he once knew so well. When people come over, he’s not barking at the door anymore because he can’t hear the doorbell due to the natural hearing loss that comes with old age. Gastrointestinal discomfort is another symptom that may make Marty less socially adept, as he can clear a room as he sleeps! Bad breath due to tooth and gum decay accompany what sounds like wheezing. He may develop coarser hair, oily to the touch and prone to falling out. But you love his graying mug all the same.

A Dog’s Life
Dogs age more quickly than we do. Depending on the breed, a dog can be considered senior as young as seven years old. Giant breeds, such as Great Danes, will reach their pique earlier than smaller ones. That’s not to say that small dogs will necessarily outlive their larger counterparts. The oldest dog on record is a mid-sized breed – an Australian cattle dog that lived to be 29 years old and died in 1939. The mean life expectancy of a mutt is about thirteen years.

How to adjust
Although they show less interest in walks and games, it is important to keep your senior active and entertained to ensure his physical and mental health.

If your pal can’t walk very far, consider driving him to the most interesting part of the walk or to a new location to avoid doing the same loop around the block everyday. The diversity will help keep your dog stimulated and happy. Even taking your old boy in the car to run errands with you lets him take in the world from the window and breaks up the monotony of his day. You may have to lift him into and out of the car though.

You can also try and find ways to keep your dog amused at home. Though he can’t travel very far with his stiffening joints, Marty might enjoy a little treasure hunt in the back yard. Try scattering some of his kibble around the lawn and see how he enjoys the challenge of finding the pieces. This satisfies the ‘seeking’ tendency innate in all animals, an impulse which must have an outlet to maintain their mental and emotional well-being.

Another way you keep Marty entertained is by providing him with more age-appropriate toys. Some pet stores carry chew toys with a louder squeak that is more audible for geriatric ears and softer for weaker teeth and gums.

When to Seek Veterinary Care
While arthritis is a natural consequence of aging, it can also be painful and there are medications available that can make Marty more comfortable. Never give Marty Ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), both can kill him. Allow the vet to give him an anti-inflammatory that is ‘dog-safe’. While old dogs tend to drink more water, it is important to remember that at increase in water consumption may also be a sign of diabetes and kidney problems. With Marty’s metabolism slowing down and his activity decreasing, you may need to cut his caloric intake by 30 to 40% in order to maintain a healthy weight. Though it is tempting to spoil your old buddy who seems to be harder to please these days, remember that excessive weight can add to joint discomfort and make activity even more difficult.

While you may have lost your workout buddy, you still have your best friend. Find ways to keep him healthy and happy in his golden years. He would surely do the same for you!

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Feb 25, 2012 | 1 | Older dogs

Dog Training Tips – How to Handle a Timid Older Dog

By Ron Ayalon

The adoption of a new four-legged companion is always a life-changing event. You’ve thought long and hard and decided to adopt an older dog. You find the perfect one at your local animal shelter, you sign the adoption papers, and a few days later your new life as a proud dog owner begins.

Lacey is just over a year old, and the only thing you know is that she was found roaming the city streets. After a few days of letting your new friend get acclimated to her home, you try a few basic training commands – Lacey doesn’t respond to sit or lie down. When you call her to come, she slithers forward on her belly with her ears back, obeying but very hesitant and scared as though she is waiting for a blow. That’s when you realize that she has come from a prior bad situation, and now facing you is a training challenge you might not have anticipated.

Many dog owners find themselves in this situation when they adopt older dogs, and it can be an unpleasant shock if you don’t prepare yourself in advance. Unlike when you adopt a young puppy, bringing home an older dog means you also adopt her prior history. Most dogs who have had prior bad experiences are completely capable of becoming loving, loyal, and devoted companions. They just require a bit more work and understanding during the training process in order to grow and preserve the loving relationship you want.

Build Trust, Then Train
With timid dogs, the first thing you want to do before disciplined training can begin is establish a bond of trust. Lacey’s prior experience with humans has conditioned her to feel that when even when she is being good or responding well to a command that she will still be punished. Therefore, it is crucial in the initial stages of your relationship that no matter how frustrated you may get – we all have our bad moments! – that you not exhibit similar negative behavior. This is not to say, of course, that you cannot establish yourself as the alpha dog. Stay on the easy side for a week or two, and then start becoming progressively firmer in your training sessions and expectations of obedience.

Another important training component for the timid dog is building Lacey’s self-confidence. This is done partially through your training efforts, but socialization and changes of scenery are equally important. Take Lacey to the dog park, doggy day camp, or play dates with other pets on as regular a basis as is best for both of you. Utilize good judgment with socialization. Make sure you can control Lacey, that the introduction situation is safe, and that you have an exit strategy planned in advance if things don’t go according to plan. If possible, enlist a dog loving friend or family member to periodically watch Lacey for the day or keep her for the weekend. The advantage to this is that she will learn to be at ease outside of your presence, which is an important component to having a well-rounded animal and helps keep her calm and relaxed when you board her to go on vacation or business travel.

What You Can Continue to Expect
As you progress with your training, you’ll likely encounter this common scenario: Lacey has an excellent understanding of the basic commands, but only in certain locations and situations. Does she sit on first command in the house, but ignore you outside on a walk when she’s occupied by something else? Remember that you must establish yourself as the alpha, which means she must obey you on first command no matter the situation. Begin giving commands in various situations where you usually don’t, and don’t relent until Lacey obeys. Do not use undue force such as physically forcing Lacey to sit – rather, make it clear that the walk will not continue until you are obeyed. This tactic will preserve the trust and love that you have established with the timid dog, and teach her the true meaning of sit, which is that she sits, stays, or comes, when you say so regardless of the situation.

With a bit of effort, commitment, and a heaping dose of love and understanding, you’ll soon find yourself with a loving canine companion. Older dogs who come from bad situations often make the most loyal and protective pets you could hope for once they have established that bond with you through disciplined training and love.

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Jul 07, 2011 | 0 | Older dogs, Training

Golden Retriever Adoption – The Benefits Of Adopting Older Dogs And Rescue Dogs

By James Drake

If you are looking for a fantastic family dog, you need to think about Golden Retriever adoption. Older Goldens have proven their adaptability to new family situations. Their temperament is just about beyond reproach. Age doesn’t matter with these dogs. Older ones adapt to a new family situation as easily as a young one.

Golden Retriever adoption can yield the best family member you could have imagined. As with any new family member, they have to learn the rules. As one of the most intelligent breeds, learning doesn’t take too long. They adapt quickly to the ambience and pace of your family.

One place to look for your new Golden is with breeders. Breeders may have older dogs that are no longer able to show and win. There may be males that were used to breed or females that have had litters and the breeders feel that they have had enough. Breeders also have friends who may have dogs that they need to put up for Golden Retriever Adoption.

There are many pluses for adopting an older dog. Most older dogs are already housebroken and some are fully trained. Their nature allows them to adapt easily. When you choose Golden Retriever adoption and bring your new dog into your home, a lot of love and attention will ease their relocation anxiety quickly. Do not mistake love with permissiveness. Your new Golden needs to know that you are the pack leader.

Before you complete your Golden Retriever adoption, you will need to do some research and find out as much as you can about the breed. Learn about what they have been fed and learn the routine they had in their former home. While this is ideal, it may not be possible if you get it from a Golden Retriever Rescue. Often the dogs from a rescue organization were a stray or one that was relinquished by an owner who was not forthcoming.

Rescues have already had a complete physical done by your vet and has been treated for any possible illnesses. They will be heartworm free, spayed and vaccinated. They are ready for a forever home. They also check the dogs’ temperament. They will know if the dog adores toddlers or teens. They will also do their best to identify problems with other pets that may be in the home.

Before you bring a new Golden into your home, introduce your family members to the dog. At that time the family can discuss the transition and decide if Golden Retriever adoption is exactly what everyone wants. Be patient. Before you bring the dog home, have a family conference to learn and teach the plan you have for bringing a new member into the family home. If everyone is on the same track, you will have a less stressful time during the first month of adaptation that everyone will be experiencing.

If you are considering Golden Retriever adoption, consider rescues. If you cannot find a local rescue that has a dog that suits your needs, you can check with rescues all over the country. They will do all they can to arrange to transport your new dog to you through their volunteer networks.

James Drake is a Golden Retriever enthusiast and enjoys helping others taking care of this amazing breed. For more great information on Golden Retriever Adoption, visit http://www.golden-retriever-guide.com.

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Feb 10, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information, Older dogs, Rescue Dogs

Should You Get A Rescue Dog?

By Helen C Strawson

I have had a dog in my life for as long as I can remember, some good, some bad, and some indifferent!

As a child, we always had our dogs from puppies, always really cute and in a way, you can determine their personality to a certain extent. It is easier to train a puppy, start the training early and you have a faithful, well-behaved companion for life.

Dogs are fantastic company, my husband goes away on business quite a lot, and it is nice to come home to a soppy pet who is always pleased to see you and will listen to you no matter what rubbish you are talking about (I swear my dogs understand every word I am saying)!

It wasn’t until I left home I really thought about getting a rescue dog. I had been begging my husband for ages for a pet, first we had snakes, not quite as cuddly, but fun to watch.

Eventually, he gave in, and agreed to get a dog on the condition we go to the rescue centre and see what they had. At the time, we were living and working in a pub, so we agreed on a small dog with not too much hair so we didn’t spend all our time vacuuming!

So we set off to the RSPCA in Bath. Now, every time I go to one of these places, I become a snivelling wreck; I want to take every dog home! It is so sad to see all the little faces looking at you, pleading with you to give them a second chance. When you read some of the information on each dog, it is enough to tear your heart out!

I know that the rescue centres do an amazing job and all the animals are happy and well cared for. The staff are great and everyone is an animal lover.

The dog that we first enquired about had just been offered a new home and they were just waiting for the home visit to be done, so we had the heart breaking task of looking round again.

We then saw a lovely looking boy, approximately 18 months old, name of Buster. Of course, he did not fit any of the ‘small dog, no hair’ requirements, but he just looked gorgeous. In fact, he was a big Rottweiler cross Alsatian with lots of hair!

He had come into the centre with another dog because their owner could not look after them anymore. Unfortunately, we were not in the position to take on two dogs.

We took Buster for a walk in the fields and I think he pulled both of my arms out of their sockets! Too late, we were in love! We took him back and told the staff we would like to take him. The paper work was filled in and a home visit arranged.

Waiting for the home visit was nerve wracking, if I had to do it over again, I would get the home visit done first to check you pass before picking a dog. Anyway, we did pass, just had to make a few alterations to the fencing in the garden.

So we picked Buster up and bought him to his new home. And he was an angel! We were very lucky, we had no problems with him at all, his previous owner had obviously trained him well and it has been a privilege to own him. He does sit on the sofa, and he does get on the bed when we are asleep, but he keeps you warm in the cold weather!

I would recommend getting a rescue dog.

A few points to think about if you decide to go ahead:

1. A pet is NOT a toy, they will need daily care for the rest of their lives, if a child wants a dog, get them a hamster first!

2. Don’t ‘over dog’ yourself! If you haven’t had a dog before, take the advise from the staff, they will be able to find a dog to suit your family.

3. Read all the information there is available on the dog. If the info says the dog can’t be left on its own, it says so for a reason!

4. Think about how much time you will have to exercise your dog, don’t get a spaniel if you only intend to walk for 10 minutes a day. There are lots of dogs, including greyhounds, that don’t need a lot of exercise.

5. Your garden will never be the same, if you want your grass to be a fantastic manicured lawn, get a budgie.

6. Many rescue dogs have been mistreated. They will need time and patience to settle down and become part of the family. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing a nervous, shy dog out of its shell.

7. Introduce your dog slowly to new things, we had a rescue greyhound who didn’t know how to walk up stairs and had never seen a TV before!

Since the arrival of Buster, we have also gained three cats and another rescue dog, a lurcher called Maisie. Not as easy as Buster was, but we are hoping she will get better with age, like a fine wine! Having said that, we’ve had her for two years now and progress is slow! But we love her just the same.

Finally, I really think our dogs appreciate the second chance they have been given, and I feel honoured that they have taken to us as much as we have taken to them!

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Sep 19, 2010 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Older dogs, Rescue Dogs

Exercising Your Senior Dog

By Kenny Stewart

Dogs benefit from exercise just like we do and ideally you should provide your dog with plenty of daily exercise. Regular exercise helps prevent many age related conditions from developing in your dog as he becomes older. On average, dogs begin to age at age 7 and if your dog hasn’t been leading a healthy life until then, the chances are he’ll age badly.

Regular exercise helps strengthen a dog’s immune system as well as his cardiovascular system, and investing some time in your young dog will pay off as he gets older. As dogs age, their joints and limbs become stiff and painful, just like humans. If your dog has been exercising on a regular basis he is less at risk from developing a very painful condition known as osteoarthritis than a dog who hasn’t been exercising.

Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of a dog’s joints. The condition is extremely painful and can cause the dog to become immobile which in turn results in the dog becoming overweight. Being overweight places further stress on already damaged joints and the vicious circle continues. While there is no cure for the condition, there are medications that can help alleviate pain and make the dog more comfortable.

As your dog ages, you will notice him playing less than he used to and sleeping more than usual. This is a normal part of the aging process but it should be gradual, if your dog’s behavior changes seemingly overnight this could be an indication that there is something wrong and you should seek veterinary advice immediately. There may be something else causing this.

The amount of exercise you give your senior dog depends on his health, age and breed. You should consult with your vet who will be able to advise you on how much exercise your particular dog needs. You should never over-exert an older dog but you should also make sure your dog remains active during his twilight years.

Exercise helps keep your dog’s digestive system active as well as keep his blood circulation in optimal shape. Good blood circulation allows sufficient blood and oxygen to reach the brain and can ward off senility in older dogs. Physical activity helps keep your dog aware and active while also stimulating his brain because as with humans, a healthy body means a healthy mind.

Help your dog age comfortably tomorrow by taking him out for daily walks and outdoor activities today.

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Sep 14, 2010 | 0 | Older dogs

Dog Wheels for the Hind Legs

By Charles M Johnson

The dog wheelchairs, or the dog wheels as it is called, have proved to be a boon for dogs with problems in mobility that resulted either from injury or from some kind of disease. The dog wheels or the dog carts do not need to be pushed around, as in case of human beings. They will be able to move around on their own freely. The dog wheels are designed in such a way that the dog can move about freely by using the front legs to walk, while the hind leg is supported. It has been seen that the dogs adjust very well to the cart, at the same time maintaining muscle tone and getting their required exercise as well.

The dog wheels are available for the dogs that lose their legs to diseases, maybe even to other degenerative diseases like degenerative myelopathy, neuromuscular diseases, lumbosacral disease and other types of diseases that may result in the hampering of movements of the legs. These aids are excellent for dogs that are recovering from the joint fusion surgery, joint replacements or even balance disorders that need to be euthanized. It has been seen that many don’t take an exceptionally long healing time and they cannot be active during that period, but these wheelchairs helps the dog to maintain a healthy life and help them exercise a lot.

The dog wheels are available at a starting price of $399 and they require minimal measurements. Some companies even allow owners to rent these dog carts. These wheelchairs are very versatile, in the sense that they fit any dog weighing maximum 20lbs. You can also custom order these and they are also available for dogs weighing lesser than 20 lbs. Another important feature is that they are available on short notice – so this comes as good news, as your handicapped dog would not have to wait for long periods and suffer discomforts that affect its normal functioning. Moreover, these wheelchairs can be adjusted to fit all dog sizes. These wheelchairs are a good choice, since they are very suitable for dogs that are still growing in size. The dog wheels are also easy to resell, as they are adjustable and can be used for any other dog.

Another interesting that is to be noted is that the dog wheels are absolutely mobile and very easy for you to carry. It can also be carried in tote bag, which is often supplied with it, and is extremely lightweight.

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Sep 06, 2010 | 0 | Dog health, Looking after your dog, Older dogs, Tips

The Need For Dog Wheelchairs

By Charles M Johnson

Being, adjustable and easy to use for rehabilitative purposes, dog wheelchairs have become a godsend for disabled mutts. You can get adjustable wheelchairs for your dog, or even order a customized wheelchair to be made for your beloved pet.

Though it may sound strange, dog wheelchairs are a reality. When you think wheelchairs, the thing that occurs first in your minds is old or disabled. But actually, wheelchairs for canines also exist to help your favorite pet recover from an accident or related ailments. They are also designed to help wounded or handicapped pets. As the saying goes, a dog is man’s best friend. They are very endearing and social animals. Thus, many owners look for pet mobility aids for their hurt or handicapped pets.

Yet, sadly, they are not invincible. They are injured sometimes. At times, this leads them to being physically disabled. It is not unusual for an aged, wounded, or disabled dog to lose their back and front mobility. Nevertheless, in such situations, it does not have to be the end of the dog’s life. Dog wheelchairs or dog carts can make the dog’s existence improved, by restoring a wholesome and healthy life.

Dog wheelchairs are a great way to assist them in regaining their usual, healthy and content life. A wheelchair can help your dog run and play yet again, and get the work out it needs. It is made to help dogs with hip and leg troubles like hip dysplasia, neurological ailments, degenerative myelopathy, surgical recuperation, and more.

The majority of handicapped dogs who need dog wheelchairs have arthritis, spinal cord problems, paralysis, soreness, slipped disc, or hip dislocations. Some of the most common causes why dogs need wheelchairs are hip dysplasia, disc diseases, ruptured discs, spinal cord injuries, fractured back, arthritis, chronic leg weakness, front and back leg amputation, paralysis, neurological diseases. Neurological afflictions, wounds and diseases can bring about paraplegia or hind limb paresis in dogs. Dogs afflicted by these conditions, as well as those recuperating from hind limb operations, may gain a lot by using dog wheelchairs. Research has revealed that canines using wheelchairs can largely improve the wellbeing and quality of the dog’s life, in addition to assisting the caregivers.

Having dog wheelchairs personalized for your dog is the best way to make sure that the dog is given the maximum assistance and comfort. A custom-made wheelchair will be sized to fit your dog impeccably and will also make up for the gender of your dog. It can have the color of your choice too.

Being, adjustable and easy to use for rehabilitative purposes, dog wheelchairs have become a godsend for disabled dogs. They have brought back hope and happiness in the lives of the wounded and handicapped dogs and their owners.

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Aug 31, 2010 | 0 | Looking after your dog, Older dogs, Tips

Planning a Pet Funeral

By Jason Gibson Parsons

Losing a pet can be just as saddening as losing a loved one. Especially if you had owned the pet for a long period of time, and if the pet was like a family member. If you are having a hard time dealing with the loss of your pet, you may want to have a funeral. A funeral will be a great way to remember the life of your pet and share it with your friends and family. Planning a pet funeral can be done quickly and easily, you just have to make a few arrangements and decisions.

First you need to decide what you are going to do with your deceased pet. If you are planning on burying them in your yard or on a piece of property, you have to make sure that you are able to do so by law. You may live in a zoning area that prevents this from happening. You also need to decide if you want to your pet cremated or maybe even stuffed. If you are going to have them cremated you want to get a special container for the ashes. They may have different ones for you to choose from. Once you have decided how you are going to lay the pet to rest, make the funeral arrangements.

You can do the funeral at the place of burial, or have a remembrance ceremony. You can place a picture of the animal on a centerpiece, with other pictures and candles around it. Then invite everyone that you want to share your pets memory with. You can do this outside, indoors, or anywhere that you want. You want to make it in a convenient location for a better turn out of guests.

Other people may even have stories that they want to share about your pet. You can have a time for speaking and also a certain time that their will be a vigil or prayer. Everyone morns in their own way, so how you want to grieve the loss of you pet is up to you. A pet funeral is a great way to show your respect and say goodbye.

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May 10, 2010 | 0 | Losing Your Dog, Older dogs

Puppy Training Pads – Not Just For Puppies

By Grubb Young

Though the most common use of puppy training pads is puppy housebreaking, these pads can be useful for dogs who have become incontinent either through aging or through some sort of injury or illness. Just as puppies tend to want to please their owners by pottying in the proper place, adult dogs can feel as frustrated as the people in their lives if the dog loses control over his or her bladder. In addition to the stress on the animal, the cost and time involved in constant clean up of accidents can be taxing for the owner as well. The use of puppy training pads can reduce the stress that both pet and person feels during these times, helping to make sure the relationship stays a positive one.

For some pets, puppy training pads can be used in a similar way as they are used for puppy housebreaking. If the incontinence is somewhat under control, a dog can often be trained to use the pads as a supplement to and in conjunction with regular outdoor visits. At these times, the pads can be set near the door where a dog may have an accident while waiting to be let out. Also, if a pad is placed near the dog’s favorite resting place, it reduces the likelihood of an accident that he or she may have by not being able to get to the door in time after being asleep. Sometimes, an adult animal will not be inclined to use the pads, as they have successfully been going outside for their eliminations for most of their lives. In these instances, a technique that is useful for puppy housebreaking can be helpful. Setting a pad outside and encouraging the dog to use it can help cement the idea that an indoor pad is an acceptable alternative in times of incontinence. For dogs with limited mobility, puppy training pads can help the pet have an accessible place to go while providing ease of clean up for the owner.

Having a happy, stress-free relationship with a pet can be beneficial to both the dog and their owner. Incontinence in adult dogs can put a strain on the owner’s time and finances, as well as the dog’s emotional wellbeing. Though puppy housebreaking is the most common use for puppy training pads, these thin, absorbent mats provide a good resource for a dog and his or her owner’s needs throughout their life together.

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May 07, 2010 | 1 | Dog health, Older dogs, Puppies

Exercising Your Senior Pooch

By Kelly Marshall

Making sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise is not usually difficult. Dogs, especially at a young age, love to play. They need no excuse to do so, and in most cases, need very little to play with. A ball or a chew toy, or even an old shoe, can provide hours of entertainment for your furry friend. However, as they get older, it becomes more difficult to get your dog to play. The age begins to wear on their joints and makes it more difficult to move around, let alone jump for a Frisbee. However, there can be serious health complications that will come with your pet not exercising regularly.

Just like humans, dogs need exercise to stay healthy. It is also important that they eat the right foods, and the correct portions of food. Health issues can become very serious when a dog does not exercise regularly, especially when the dog enters their senior years of their life. From the age of six years old, a dog is considered a senior citizen. Once they reach that age, joint problems and heart conditions begin to worsen, especially if they are not exercising regularly. This can lead to many different severe issues in their bodies.

If the dog is not getting the correct amount of exercise and they begin to gain weight, the strain on their bodies becomes greater and they can develop osteoarthritis. This is a condition that is essentially the degeneration of the joints and the bones in the joints, causing mobility issues and severe pain. The more weight that is put on these joints, the more painfully it becomes and, soon, the dog cannot stand, or even get comfortable lying down. Eventually the dog will not be able to move enough to eat or drink, which can lead to starvation and dehydration.

Other health issues can arise from your dog not exercising. If your pet pooch does not exercise on a regular basis, their weight can compound and put undo strain on their heart. This can cause heart failure, heart disease, and can lead to the failure of other organs, such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, and brain, as well. Not only will exercise help manage your dogs weight; the activity will help benefit your pets mind, as well. Activity helps the flow of blood, which will ensure that enough oxygen is taken to your dogs’ brain, helping in the maintenance of brain cells. The extra activity will also help regulate your dogs’ blood sugar levels, which need to be at a specific level in the brain.

Making sure that your elderly pooch stays healthy and happy is very important. Keep a watchful eye on your dog and see a vet immediately if anything about their behavior changes. If your dog seems to become more lethargic, or they shy away from human contact, they may be in pain. Also, if your elderly dog begins to cough during exercise, or for any exhaustive activity, including walking up stairs, consult a veterinarian immediately.

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Mar 19, 2010 | 0 | Older dogs