When I say “the new normal” I am not talking about COVID or climate change! I am talking about the process that many of us go through with an aging dog.
Lots of old dogs love to play. Using their brain and getting a little exercise at the same time are a great combination to keep them entertained and fit.
Dogs, just like people, lose endurance, muscle mass, and develop arthritis in their joints. The difference is that they won’t be able to tell you directly.
It is hard to see our dogs start to age. Seeing them struggle on stairs can be heartbreaking. But you can do many things to improve their quality of life.
Many older dogs develop vertigo – called vestibular syndrome – for no known reason. It can be really scary to watch and difficult to deal with.
When the day comes that you find your dog sleeping through your arrival, or they don’t come when called, you know that your dog is probably losing her hearing.
First, sorry if that is happening. Second, any older dog who starts peeing in the house needs to see the vet.
It is very common for old dogs to start pooping in the house after a lifetime of good potty manners. Why does it happen? It can be a few different things.
I will confess that one of the things that makes me angry is vets over-vaccinating dogs, particularly older ones.
For me, having a dog lose vision is tougher than losing hearing. And losing both together is a real challenge for both your dog and you.
When I was running my dog water therapy pool, I got many calls from concerned dog parents that their dog had arthritis and wanted to bring them to swim.
The last years of our animal companions can prove quite challenging given the rate of cancer, heart problems or degenerative diseases that our older dogs face.