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Caring For Your Senior Pet

Those of us lucky enough to be blessed with the beautiful "frosted faces" of a senior pet also know that caring for our aging pet friends is a blessing - although one often filled with challenges, too. Here are some ways we can help our senior pets through their golden years.


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How to Help Aging and Senior Pets
7 Practical Ways to Help Aging and Senior Pets
The often subtle changes in aging pets can creep up so gradually that many of us don't consciously notice. Then, one day, we happen to look at our furry friend and see a graying, grizzled muzzle... or realize that our active pet is moving a little slower. Here are a few things we can do to help our pets age more gracefully and enjoy their senior years.

Adopting a Senior Dog
For the Love of Old Dogs: Should You Adopt a Senior?
I love old dogs. There is something about their gentle companionship and greying faces that is so very sweet. Sure, puppies are full of adorableness and exuberance and hard to resist - and that's why they're a far more popular adoption choice then old dogs in an animal shelter. Senior dogs, however, are still full of life and love. They need and want homes too! Here are some things you can realistically expect when considering the adoption of a senior pet.

Exercising Your Senior Dog
Exercising Your Senior Dog
Our dogs tend to become less active as they age. Provided your veterinarian gives you the "all clear" to exercise your dog, then going ahead with a gentle, regular exercise routine will help your dog stay as healthy and mobile as possible into his golden years. Here are some tips on how to keep your dog active, encourage him to stay active, and how to recognize when it's time to head home.

Help to Help an Arthritic Pet
How to Help Arthritic Pets
Arthritis is a painful joint disease that can impact the quality of our pets' lives and their overall well-being. It's more common in older pets but can occur in pets of any age. Fortunately, they don't have to suffer in silence; there are several things we can do to help manage the pain of arthritis in pets and help them maintain their mobility.


Saying Goodbye: Euthanizing Your Pet
Saying Goodbye: When Is It Time to Let a Pet Go?
None of us ever wants to think about the day when we have to say goodbye to a pet. It's something that, eventually, all of who share our lives with pets will have to deal with. Euthanasia is also a very personal decision - one that's often filled with more questions than answers. Here are a few things to think when trying to decide if it's time.

The Heartbreak We Choose
The Heartbreak We Choose
No complicated relationship dynamics, no mixed emotions... nothing but the pure love of a dog is worth the heartbreak we choose by loving them back.
(by Megan Kendall)




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