The first sign of aging that most owners notice with their dog is arthritis. You might see some slowness when your dog gets up, stiffness, and even limping for the first few steps in the morning or after a long nap. Don’t ignore aches and pains in your old friend; there are things you can do to make your dog healthier and more comfortable.
When Maria took Finn home as her foster dog, she knew he was ill, but not quite how ill - or how much she would come to love him in the months that followed. In this post, Maria Stoerrle, a member of Grey Muzzle's Board, tells of the love and heartbreak of deciding when to say goodbye to a terminally ill dog.
The Grey Muzzle Organization has a fantastic Advisory Board of experts from many professions, including veterinarians like Dr. Julie Buzby. Dr. Buzby is a practicing veterinarian who, after years of frustration watching her patients struggle on hard floors, developed Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips for Dogs , devices which improve mobility in dogs by providing them with better traction.
As originally published in the Whole Dog Journal , March 2014. Reprinted with permission. Don’t allow your fear of hurting your dog prevent you from keeping his feet healthy My young Bouvier, Atle, has the triple threat of dog nails: black, stout, and surrounded by lots of hair. Regular nail trimming is not a task I relish, yet the importance of trimming nails can’t be underestimated. Left untended, long nails can splinter or break off, affect your dog’s gait, and cause orthopedic issues and pain. Although ultra-critical for performance dogs, proper foot care is required for the health and...
Conventional medicine is not the only option for dogs suffering from pain, whether it is from arthritis, or a muscle or joint injury. In this week's Health and Wellness post, Jennifer Kachnic, President of The Grey Muzzle Organization, discusses several alternative therapies that can help with pain management.
When dogs receive a cancer diagnosis, their guardians often don't know where to turn for information and support. In the first of her Canine Cancer Wellness series, RD Moreno, a Grey Muzzle volunteer news writer and editor of Haley the Wonderdog , offers five important resources for anyone caring for a dog living with cancer.
It's important to practice obedience work and tricks with senior pets, but it is also essential to train your canine to cope with the aging process. This involves both lifestyle changes and the use of portable stairs and ramps, which help geriatric pets get on and off elevated areas safely and easily.