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Getting to Know Your Senior Dog from Head-to-Tail

Dog Check Our dogs can't tell us when something is wrong. By getting to know your furry best friend from head-to-tail, you can more readily detect a problem early and intervene. In this webinar , Denise Fleck, The Pet Safety Crusader and Grey Muzzle's Board President, provides step-by-step instructions to perform an at-home examination of your dog.

Food Safety for Senior Dogs and Choking Tips

Dog with Carrots
Senior dogs are part of the family and some of the beings we are most grateful to have in our lives. As we move through fall and into Thanksgiving, unique foods and spices may be added to our diets. Denise Fleck, The Pet Safety Crusader, shares which of these autumn favorites are safe for the whole family (including Fido) and which are potentially hazardous, meaning you could end up at the emergency vet if ingested.

Shamrock’s Story: What my dog taught me about the signs of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Shamrock in Window
F. Barish-Stern’s most recent book, “ Shamrock’s Story, From Hurricane Katrina to Doggy Dementia and Alzheimer’s ,” combines her personal experience and love of dogs with input from more than 50 experts she interviewed. By knitting together their guidance with the story of one rescued dog's journey through the stages of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, she hopes the book and this article will help other senior dogs and the people who love them.

Understanding the Personalities of Aging Dogs with Traditional Chinese Medicine's 5 Element Theory

Old Golden
The Five Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a fun and helpful tool for understanding your Old Dogs' personality, needs, and wants. It will also cue you into specific behaviors and possible maladies that your elder dogs may display. As you learn more, you will never look at things the same way.

Three Easy Gentle Techniques for Livening Up Your Old Friend

Paw In Hand
There are many gentle therapies we can provide to senior dogs to make them more comfortable, strengthen weak limbs, and help guide the process of aging instead of reacting to it. A well-intentioned touch goes a long way towards creating comfort and vitality. With a bit of navigation, you can use these simple acupressure and neuro-lymphatic techniques to enrich your old dogs’ lives and your own as you gently create harmony in their aging bodies.

Keeping Senior Dogs in Shape: How to Help Your Dog Live a Longer, Healthier Life

Wolfgang Before and After
PEOPLE magazine took notice of senior beagle Wolfgang's journey from obesity to 5K ready, and so did we! Phoenix couple Erin McManis and Chad Schatz are passionate about helping dogs live their best, healthiest lives. In this blog, Erin shares the remarkable story of how they helped Wolfgang, and other dogs in need of major weight loss, reach their goals and become happier, healthier companions.

Getting to Know Your Senior Dog from Head-to-Tail

Head-to-Tail, Snout-to-Tail, Wag-to-Woof, or by any other name, performing an at-home exam of your dog or cat weekly to catch problems early on is a MUST! Our dogs don't always tell us when something is wrong, so detecting a problem at onset and getting medical intervention may ensure your best friend gets to spend more days by your side! Doing home exams also gets your senior pooch comfortable with the human touch, making for a much better patient at the vet and grooming shop when you get him used to being touched all over.

Pet Insurance 101: The Best Plans for You

Frenchie Exam Table
If you have a dog who frequents the vet, it’s likely the office visit fees have burned a hole in your wallet. While caring for your dog is extremely important, oftentimes we’re left wondering if it’s possible for these vet visits to be any cheaper. Not taking your dog to the vet isn’t an option most of the time, so what else can be done to help curb these expenses? One way to reduce the costs of vet visits is to invest in a pet insurance plan. While insuring your dog may sound a little crazy, it pretty much works the same way as any other insurance. Navigating any type of insurance plan isn’t...

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs Part 2

Brown Chihuahua under blanket
In part two of this blog series, we’ll provide a follow up to the overview of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), including prognosis, treatment and management of and management tips. For more information on symptoms and diagnosis, read Part 1 of our CCD blog series. This information was provided by Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice as part of their educational pet disease series and has been republished with permission. As a reminder, Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) is a medical condition that is characterized by the changes associated with the aging process of the brain that result in a...

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