Elderly Dog Care

  1. Holiday Safety for Pets: Hazards Around the House

    Holiday Safety for Pets: Hazards Around the House
    With gifts to wrap, meals the plan, and lists to complete, it is a fun but overwhelming time of year. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, my house turns into Santa's workshop with gift wrap, tape and ribbon on the dining room table; a tree full of festive decorations in the living room; and a guest room hiding spot for super-secret toys. With all of the crazy happening, it is easy to forget the pet hazards that all of this holiday fun leaves behind. Pet Safety: Holiday Hazards for...
  2. Your Dog and Moving

    emdot / Foter / CC BYMoving is a nightmare! It’s no fun for anyone, including your pup. Dogs depend on stability and familiarity, so a dramatic change in location will shake him up a little. There are a couple things you can do to make the move a little easier on your dog. Keep his things – You may think a new home deserves new items, but keep your dog’s same bed, crate, bowls and toys. There’s already enough change for your pup! Having these familiar items around will comfort...
  3. Separation Anxiety in Older Pets

    maxymedia / Foter / CC BY-NC-NDDid you know that when your dog gets older he may start to suffer from separation anxiety? Unfortunately this winter our lab has all of a sudden taken up barking at us on a constant basis when he can see us in the house. He has an outside kennel and he has always enjoyed the time outside on his own. After talking with other K-9 owners, researching the web and ruling out other factors I am sad to hear my boy is getting old and...
  4. Tips on Giving Your Dog Medication

    ucumari / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-NDThis week we took a trip to the Vet and received the unfortunate news that our old dog needs to be taking a medication once a day now. For any other dog owner this may be ok since their dog loves treats. For us, not exactly. Our dog loves treats, but he is the rawhide bone type of guy, not the mushy treats that make it easy to shove medication inside. It is officially time for us to get creative! I did some searching online...
  5. Arthritis Pain in Elderly Dogs

    Arthritis Pain in Elderly Dogs
    Today I got out of my crate and felt like a really.really.old.dog. Ugh, I hate getting out of bed, but today was worse than others. I have noticed the last couple weeks I am not feeling dog gone friendly either. Normally when I hear Pa in the work truck I am so excited I can’t contain myself. Today when I heard him roll in front of the house I didn’t want to move. I continued to lay right next to my crate until I heard him come in the house...
  6. Is Your Elderly Dog Losing His Hearing? Tips for Hearing Loss in Older Pets

    Is Your Elderly Dog Losing His Hearing? Tips for Hearing Loss in Older Pets
    Every morning our dog anxiously awaits me letting him outside for his potty break. I usually have enough time to get dressed and then head back to the door to find him waiting to be let back in. Unfortunately, this morning he wasn't there. I was in the backyard hollering away and unfortunately, he still didn’t come back. After an hour of searching the neighborhood, I had to go home empty-handed. Worse, I had to go to work not knowing where he was. Luckily, he keeps his collar on and...
  7. Signs Your Pooch May Be Aging - And What To Do About It

    Signs Your Pooch May Be Aging - And What To Do About It
    So here is the real question… When is your dog considered old? I am in denial here. I want to think my dog is still a young pup ready to run behind the combine all harvest long. Unfortunately, my plan is not the same as his. He would rather ride in the cab and not gobble up his 15th ear of corn as a treat. I have noticed that he has changed and it is a tough transition for both of us. I wanted to offer some quick facts on...

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