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SENIOR DOG CARE
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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in Aging Pets
Changes in Skin and Haircoat of Senior Dogs
Deafness in Dogs: A Common Process of Pet Aging
Euthanasia in Pets: A Difficult Decision
Free Radical Damage and Its Effects on Your Senior Dog
Geriatric Exams: What to Expect
Kidney Disease in Senior Dogs: Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment
Nuclear Sclerosis in Senior Dogs

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Feeding Senior Dogs FAQs
Get questions answered to all your concerns about feeding your senior dog.
Senior Pet FAQs
Frequently asked questions about common changes your older dog may be going through and the effects they will have on his lifestyle, and what you can do to make him more comfortable as he ages.

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Age-related Behavior
Age-related behaviors occur in older dogs that suffer from arthritis, separation anxiety, hearing loss or are noise intolerant, confusion, and cognitive disorders.
Age-related Health Conditions
Age-related conditions are common in pets in their 'golden years' and may include, hearing and vision loss, urinary incontinence, degenerative arthritis, heart disease, and kidney or liver disease.
Bad Behavior: A Health Problem?
Training may have nothing to do with behavioral changes in your dog. They may be an indication of the onset of a health problem, old age, or an undetected injury that only your veterinarian can find.
Caring for Your Older Dog
Senior dogs need the best care we can give them with lots of attention, patience, and kindness. Offer a nutritious diet formulated especially for seniors, and an orthopedic bed and elevated feeder to help ease sore joints and muscles.
Causes of Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia and Other Joint Diseases
Understand why and how degenerative joint diseases affect your pet. Your first steps toward proper arthritis management.
Comforting Senior Pets
Your senior dog has special needs. Orthopedic dog beds, elevated dog feeders, special foods, dog vitamins, and dog arthritis supplements can help ensure his health and comfort.
Exercise and Older Pets
Moderate dog exercise is vital for older dogs. It helps keep their joints limber and reduces pain when walking or running.
Give Your Older or Ailing Pet a Lift
Older, injured, or arthritic dogs may need help getting up and down stairs or into vehicles. This helpful how to article shows you the correct way to use a pet lift carrier.
Heat Therapy for Senior Dogs
Dogs can benefit from heat therapy in several different ways, especially senior animals who suffer from arthritis.
How to Calculate your Dog's Age
Determining the age of your dog depends on the life expectancy of your dog's breed and many variables in the aging process, particularly in the first few years. Small breeds tend to live longer, giant breeds, have a shorter life expectency.
How You Can Best Take Care of All Your Senior Dog's Needs
A guide to help you determine how to care for your senior dog's health.
Living With a Dog With Limited Vision
Changes in the eye including vision loss are a natural part of canine aging. However, a dog with compromised vision, or even blindness, can live very comfortably for many years.
Nutritional Needs of Older Dogs
Senior dogs require a nutritional diet that gives them the same amount of energy to remain active but does not cause them to gain weight.
Older Dogs, Aged Minds: Dealing With Dog Dementia
Unfortunately, natural aging can slightly change appearances, decrease mobility, or dull the senses. But if your older dog's personality has changed, she may be experiencing something much more serious than the passage of time.
Prevent Stiff Joints with Exercise
Stiff joints and aching muscles can impact the quality of your dog’s life. Exercise is crucial to his health.
Quality of Life for Your Senior Dog
As pets age, pet owners ultimately have to deal with the ailments, aging, or terminal illness in the lives of their dogs.
Senior Pet Care tips
An active mind combined with consistent exercise can have a positive impact on your senior dog, which can help boost his quality of life.
The Aging Process and How We Can Help
Older dogs can experience many changes in the functions of their bodies. Some dogs may have more pronounced changes than others, and in some dogs, the changes may start to occur at a younger age. Knowing what changes to expect can help. Learn more.
Urinary Incontinence in Dogs Explained
Urinary Incontinence in Dogs Explained

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