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Dogs and Old Age, How To Care For Your Aging Canine


Now that you're dog has shown you so much love and brought you so much joy throughout your many years together, it's time that you return the favor when the dog reaches his elder years. Caring for an older dog is much like caring for an elderly person. Knowing how to do that will help comfort your dog immensely.

What's old for a dog?

The first thing that you've probably heard is the seven-year rule (that your dog ages seven times faster than a human). While this is pretty much accurate, some dogs (or breeds of dogs) show signs of aging earlier than others. So, you're going to have to know what signs to look for to ascertain whether your dog has officially reached his "golden years."

Senility is not just for humans.

If your dog is older than seven (human years), then he's officially becoming older. While some dogs may show signs far after seven, you may notice some of the following characteristics once he reaches an older age. You may notice that your dog has lost some of his housetraining skills. He may soil or wet the area, especially through the night when lying down. He may have trouble chewing food due to loose teeth and sore gums. He may suffer from cataracts or even partial or full blindness. He may gain weight more easily. Weigh your dog every couple of months. If you notice large lumps under his skin, it's advised that you consult your veterinarian, as this may be a sign of a possible tumor or cancer. Your dog may even become grumpier.

While it's impossible to cure all of the maladies that accompany age, you can comfort your dog and make his older life enjoyable.

Medication can help

There are many drugs out there that can help your dog. While it's not advised to give your pet too many medications, there are some that can help if he's suffering joint or hip pain. If your dog seems extra tired or sore one day, go ahead and skip his daily exercise routine. If it last more than a couple of days, talk with your vet. Install a partial ramp over the steps to and from your house so that your dog doesn't have to deal with the harsh incline on his joints. Massage and rub your dog's muscles. Studies have shown that physio- or hydrotherapy can be extremely beneficial in your dog's elder years.

Grooming offers relief

Be sure to clip your older dog's nails as he probably doesn't run about as much as when he was younger. The nails won't naturally keep trimmed down, so you'll have to be sure to keep his nails under control. If you don't want to do it yourself, veterinarians usually provide this service. Your dog may become senile. While this is normal, some cases are so severe that they are compared to Alzheimer's. There are dog drugs, like those given to human Alzheimer's patents that have proven effective.

Routines are welcome

Be sure that you keep your dog on a regular routine. Exercise him daily. Control his weight. Buy high-quality food and groom, pet and cuddle with your dog frequently. Visit your vet at least once a year to screen for diseases. Buy an orthopedic bed mat for your older dog.

Disabilities can occur

If your dog is blind or nearly there, you can make a home solution of vinegar mixed with water to spray (about nose high) onto door frames and sofas so he doesn't run into them. Also, don't move furniture around. For deaf dogs, tell everyone (especially children), not to approach your dog too quickly. Be sure that the dog sees anyone coming towards him.

Caring for an older dog can be just as hard as caring for a puppy. Your dog will take kindly to the adaptations you've made, which will make his "golden years" truly shine.

About the Author:
Tina Spriggs is an expert dog lover whose lifelong interest in canines provides the motivation for her site. To learn more about dogs or to find gifts and toys for them visit her site at Dog Gifts and Toys for Dog Lovers.

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Gregory's Gift of Hope provides pets with a second chance  RiverTowns

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Benefits of having a pet  CNN

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Premier Pet Supply offers special promotion  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Teen makes tiny bow ties to help dapper shelter pets find forever homes  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

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Health risks to pets from marijuana exposure  Agri News

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Colorado lawmakers consider landmark animal rights bill banning shelters from euthanizing pets over lack of space  FOX 31 Denver

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Pause for Paws event offers free microchipping services for first 100 pets  KHON2

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Pampered Pets Inn raises money for Lake Norman Humane  Statesville Record & Landmark

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Five pets die in Vancouver house fire  KATU

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How to prevent and treat allergies in pets  WWNY

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Battle Creek Police: Too many are ignoring or unaware pet license law  WWMT-TV

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George Washington's Pets  Alabama Public Radio

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Pets of the Week: Feb. 22, 2020 - Washington Daily News  thewashingtondailynews.com

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Check out these 12 adoptable pets to brighten your day: Feb. 22-23  SILive.com

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For the love of pets | Monticello  ECM Publishers

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Shelter gets grant for 'Pets for Military Vets' program  The Morning Sun

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Pet owners tell 5 On Your Side they didn't know about potential complications from flea, tick medications  WRAL.com

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Pets with Potential: Giovanni Cheeks McGee  WCAX

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6 important tips to make that pet camping trip a success  TribLIVE

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MAPS Pets of the Week: Meet Francine, Tallulah, Ambrosia, and Chicken Noodle  Hub City Times

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Guest Column: Our pets deserve better | Columns  Daily Astorian

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Boulder-based Waggit sells first 1,000 digital wearables for pets  Boulder Daily Camera

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Pets of the Week: Chorkie and Kooper  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Oh My Goodness: N.J. Teen’s Little Bow Ties Helping Dapper Pets Find Forever Homes  CBS New York

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'Who's a Good Beer?' Ohio brewery launching new cans with adoptable pets  WKRC TV Cincinnati

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Keep pets safe, inside during inclement weather  WCTI12.com

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Vets and advocates say legislation may harm, not help, pets locked in hot cars  WZDX

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Ali, Baxter, & Benny  SweetwaterNOW.com

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More than 20 pets dead, others missing after Middletown house fire  WLWT Cincinnati

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Celebrating shelter pets: Hopkins Academy grad's 'Shelter Me' series continues on PBS this weekend  GazetteNET

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CCSPCA Pet of the Week: Mimi  Santa Maria Times

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Do Dogs Make the Best Pets? Milk-Bone’s New Ads Make a Compelling Case  Adweek

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PAWS talk: Protecting pets from Lyme, other tickborne illnesses  PenBayPilot.com

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Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Praline & Tiarra  Patch.com

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KCAS Pets of the Week: Malinda and Seth  WOODTV.com

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Photos: Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

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Keeping your pets safe as Pearl River rises in Marion County  WDAM

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Local News Should You Use CBD Oil On Your Pet? Katie Keleher 8:33 PM, Feb  kjrh.com

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PHOTOS: This week’s adorable, adoptable pets from KHS  WAVE 3

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Which country spends the most on its pets?  The Economist

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Photos: Cute and Furry: Adoptable Pets From Forever Paws  Fall River Herald News

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Hundreds of people and pets join Paw Walk at botanic garden ...North County events  The San Diego Union-Tribune

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KSBW Pets of the Week: Forrest Gump and Lt. Dan  KSBW Monterey

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Pets of the Week: February 20, 2020  WSIL TV

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Love Your Pet Day: 9 ways your favorite creature can improve your health  CNN

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Think you're over-vaccinating your pets? Why you shouldn't skip out on their shots  ABC6OnYourSide.com

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Here are 11 pets from Boston.com readers to brighten your day  Boston.com

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Photos: Craven-Pamlico pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

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Vital Essentials Hosts Hemp Expert at Global Pet Expo  Benzinga

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Now Open: Raleigh artist creates one of a kind custom shoes featuring your pets  WTVD-TV

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Most pet-friendly cities in America  msnNOW

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OSU Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners Of CBD Concerns  news9.com KWTV

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Minnesota bill pushes for pet adoptions, would ban dog and cat sales from commercial breeders at pet stores  KAAL

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Students hard at work for 14th annual PAWS Pet House Challenge  Carolinacoastonline

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Pets of the week: These cute strays are read to fill your home with love  MLive.com

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Opening date revealed for The Secret Life of Pets ride  Theme Park Insider

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Buddy and other pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral

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3 displaced by fire; pet feared dead | News  KCTV Kansas City

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Columbus Humane offering services in addition to pet adoption  ABC6OnYourSide.com

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7 tips for becoming the best pet owner ever  Fox11online.com

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‘Fear-Free’ Pets Make for Happier Pets, and Owners  The New York Times

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Pet of the Week: Sweet Stanley wants to be your new best friend  Helena Independent Record

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Pet of the Week: Mojo  County 17

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PET TALK: Shrink your carbon pawprint with eco-friendly pet care  Chron.com

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Pet oxygen masks donated to Middletown firefighters  WAVE 3

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Pet Insurance Firm Pumpkin Signs in Chelsea  Commercial Observer

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Missouri law would penalize pet owners for misrepresenting pets as service animals  KY3

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Pampered pets: From acupuncture to specialty diets, how Americans shell out billions a year on their 4-legged  WFTV Orlando

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Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day - 47abc  WMDT

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Benny  KCBD

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Fecal excretion of PFAS by pets  Science Daily

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Pets parade for New York fashionista crowd  Reuters

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Missing puppy from Madisonville pet spa found  FOX19

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NJ pets in need: Feb. 17, 2020  NJ.com

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Have multiple pets? This high-tech pet feeder is going to solve all of Fido and Fluffy's food squabbles for good  Yahoo Lifestyle

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Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Smudge  KBTX

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Meet our pets of the week: A potbellied pig, a beagle mix and a cat  STLtoday.com

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Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (2/19/20)  ABC15 Arizona

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PICTURES: 2020 Annual Mardi Gras Purina Pet Parade part1  KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis

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Reducing your pet's carbon pawprint  KARE11.com

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New technology allows pet owners to spy on every sniff and shredded slipper  Seattle Times

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Coronavirus: Volunteers rush to help pets trapped in locked-down Wuhan  NBC News

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Thousand Dollar Puppy Found, Returned to Pembroke Pines Pet Store  NBC 6 South Florida

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Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too  TIME

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Dead, sick puppies taken from Ypsilanti Township pet store  MLive.com

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Coming soon: More pet camping sites at Pennsylvania state parks  TribLIVE

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Pet of the Week: Poinsettia  WMC

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Thursday's temperatures pose danger to kids and pets  WIBW

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Tyrone is pet of the week  Herald-Mail Media

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Pet Diabetes Care Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)  GlobeNewswire

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It's National Love Your Pet Day, and you're sharing photos of your animals  TribLIVE

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A vet in your pocket: New ways to help ill pets  BBC News

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No More Doggies in the Window? N.Y. May Ban Retail Pet Sales  The New York Times

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Gianficaro: Love your pet while you can - Opinion  Bucks County Courier Times

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Katie: Adoptable Pet of the Week  The Daily World

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Residents warned to keep pets safe after midday coyote spotting  FOX 5 San Diego

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Our photos of our pets for National Love Your Pet Day  WHIO

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