Old Dog Articles

 

Arthritis:

  • Controlling the Aches and Pains of Age With the medical and nutritional advances that have occurred in veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer and healthier lives. However, living longer means more pets are now experiencing problems related to the aging process.
  • Arthritis is treatable in dogs There is a wide range of treatment options available for treating arthritis (also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease).

 

Ear Conditions:

  • Hearing Problems in Cats and Dogs Not a day goes by in any animal hospital without a cat or dog being presented because of itchy, inflamed, smelly, bloody or crusty ears.
  • Loss of Balance May be Related to Ear Problems Idiopathic Vestibular Disease (IVD) is a disorder of the organ of balance (vestibular apparatus), situated in the middle ear. In dogs, IVD is more commonly termed geriatric vestibular disease since it usually occurs in senior dogs.

 

Eye Conditions:

  • Cataracts Cataracts are one of the most common problems affecting the eyes of the dog. There are many different forms and causes of cataract formation. They affect all breeds and ages of dogs, but certain types show up more commonly in certain breeds.
  • Cataract Surgery for Pets It is now possible for pets to have surgery for cataracts. Dogs and cats that otherwise would be blind can be given their sight back.

 

General Care:

  • Caring for Senior Dogs: Probably the most important decision you can make with regard to daily care for your aging dog is the food you feed.
  • Moving with Cats and Dogs: Moving can be especially difficult on one of your most important, but often overlooked, family members: your pet. I often hear from clients that their pets begin acting up weeks before the actual move.
  • Choosing the Right Bed for Your Senior Dog Older dogs enjoy sleeping more and playing less. A strenuous day can mean an evening of discomfort with a pulled muscle of painful joints.
  • Essentials of a Canine First Aid Kit A portable Canine First Aid Kit is an important tool for all dog owners. And as your dog matures, it becomes essential.
  • Why use a pet sitter: Do you have to rely on friends or family when you travel or work long hours? It may be time to consider all the benefits that a professional pet sitter can provide you and your dog.
  • When an older dog stops barking: Changes in vocalization in a senior dog are an indication for your dog to see a veterinarian for an examination. There are a number of different types of problems that lead to loss of voice in dogs.
  • Housebreaking an older dog: You and your family have made the decision to adopt an older dog from the shelter rather than a young puppy. The big day has finally arrived: You are bringing your new companion home with you. Everyone is happy and excited, including your new dog!
  • Animal Massage: One of the most valuable assets of animal massage is health maintenance. Regular massage aids in early detection of abnormalities, such as swelling, injury or painful areas, and facilitates early medical diagnosis of problems.
  • "Putting a Leash on Pricey Health Care" If the high cost of your dog's veterinary care is causing you to max out your credit cards or drain your savings account, take heart. You can give your dog the best of care without risking bankruptcy in the process.

 

General Interest:

 

Nutrition

  • Basic Nutrition: Dogs need nutrition to grow, to play, to work, to digest their food, to keep warm, to repair damage to their bodies, to resist and to fight infections.
  • Fat Soluble Vitamins: A - D - E & K in Dogs As defined, vitamins are present in very small quantities in most foods and it is this fact that leads to the manufacture of vitamin supplements for pets and people. Not only are vitamins naturally present in only small amounts, they are also essential for life.
  • Obesity Poses Serious Health Hazards to Pets Obesity affects pets adversely in many ways. Overweight pets tend to play and exercise less and don't live as long as healthy pets do. In fact, the list of harmful effects of obesity on pets is a long one.
  • Vitamin Supplements Ill or recovering pets who may have a poor appetite should also be given a good vitamin/mineral supplement since they are not receiving their daily requirements through the food they eat.
  • Vitamin A: Vitamin A plays several vital roles in the body, including vision, tissue health, skeletal and tooth development, and reproduction.
  • Vitamin C: Despite the fact that dogs and cats manufacture vitamin C on their own in the liver, the need for dietary vitamin C in pets continues to be discussed by both pet owners and veterinarians.
  • Vitamin E: In commercial pet foods, vitamin E is used to prevent the oxidation of fatty acids which leads to rancidity.
  • Sunlight, Cancer, and Reproduction If we are going to protect canine health and especially, reproductive health, we must turn to nature, starting with the sun.