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Summer Activities For Your Senior Dog

Summer Senior Dog Paws at PeaceFor those of us with senior dogs, we know that our best friend has had to start taking it a bit easier than when he was younger. Moreover, he may have some senior conditions too, like arthritis, which will slow him down even more, but there are still some activities your senior pet can do. Having said that, in this article today we will be looking at some summer activities for your senior dog, which won’t make him feel left out, and he may even enjoy them.

The condition of a senior dog can vary greatly from one dog to another, so it’s up to the individual owner to take the necessary precautions when selecting summer activities for him. However, even senior dogs with certain conditions can still get in some summer activities. For instance, a dog with arthritis may not be able to run so much anymore, but you can go through some basic training skills together. Keep in mind, that although this may sound strange, by still going through old tricks and commands that he knows still, it will help to create more of a bond between you two, because you are working and playing together.

Another great summer activity for senior dogs is a car ride, because many older dogs love to ride in the car, but you can also take him to a new place. Moreover, a new park or forest will make it more interesting for him and give him something new to explore, which may even allow him to stay out longer than usual. Exercise is still important, even for older dogs, because it keeps the muscles working and can help keep that excess weight off that so many older dogs accumulate.

One of the best summer activities for dogs of all ages is swimming, but it is especially good for older dogs, because it is easier on old bones and he still gets a good workout. That being said, small dogs can have a dip in the bathtub, or a paddling pool in the garden, while larger dogs may decide to join you for a swim in your local lake, if it is safe, and maybe there is a pool for dogs close by. Having said that, a nice trip to the beach is a great summer activity for your senior dog, because the sand is gentle on his paws, and he can even walk along the edge where the tide hits the sand if he doesn’t feel like swimming.

A day trip is a great activity for both you and your senior pet, especially if you take other members of the family too, because he will feel like he is still part of the family and that you involve him even on new outings. Picnics can be a whole day affair, and your senior pet will love the change, chasing a ball or disc, or just smelling new smells and exploring a new area, and walking or running on grass will be easier on his paws too. During the summer activities, and outings with your senior dog, be sure to take plenty of water and a water bowl, so he doesn’t dehydrate if it is humid or hot, and be sure to be watchful and keep in touch with his comfort zone.

There are many activities you and your senior dog can do, no matter what his limitations are, you just have to think a little more of what he can and cannot do and be prepared to call it a day if he’s had enough. Finally, you may want to consider using him as a therapy dog, especially if he is well behaved and a very social dog. Therapy dogs work very well for both your dog and patients whose faces seem to come alive when a dog walks in the room, so consider one of the summer activities for your senior dog that we have suggested here today, and you just may even notice a big difference in his zest for life.

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How To Deal With Temperamental Dogs

How To Deal With Temperamental Dogs - Paws at Peace DallasWhen talking about temperamental dogs, we often assume straight away that we are talking about aggressive behavior in dogs, but it goes deeper than that. There are various types of aggressive behavior, some more extreme than others, but there is almost always a reason behind the aggressive behavior. Having said that, it is highly unlikely that a dog is automatically aggressive for no reason, so here in this article today we will be looking at the various types of aggression, the causes, and what we can do about it.
An aggressive temperament can be a cause for concern, not only because of a possible injury to another dog, a person, or child, but also because this can come with an expensive lawsuit for the owner. However, there are some dogs that are trained to be aggressive, like guard dogs, military dogs and police dogs, but we are talking about the average pet, a family dog that has an aggressive temperament. Therefore, in order to understand better the temperament of a dog, we have to look at each dog individually and assess what makes him this way, because there are different levels and reasons why a dog is aggressive.

Some Causes Of An Aggressive Temperament

1. The Breed

There are some breeds of dog that have a naturally aggressive nature, this is due to the fact that they were originally bred to fight, like Pitbulls, although many owners of these dogs will disagree, it’s just that these types of dog have a more likely hood of becoming aggressive by nature. In some dog breeds there is a genetic sequence that can make them aggressive toward strangers, or even other animals, although with positive training from an early age this may not even show.

2. Guarding Resources

Guarding resources can be particularly unpleasant in a family pet, especially if there are children in the home, and a good example of resource guarding is when a dog won’t let anyone touch a favorite toy. That being said, another example of resource guarding is at meal times, he may growl, bark, or even try to bite if you go near his food bowl, but this can be avoided if positive training is started at an early age. As a puppy if you make a point of picking up his food bowl or favorite toy, but reward him with a special treat when he doesn’t act aggressively toward this action, eventually he will be ok for you or anyone to touch his bowl or toy.

3. Gender

This one may sound a bit strange, but in fact male dogs seem to be more aggressive than females overall, and are more likely to bite than females. Having said that, dogs that are intact are more likely to act aggressively than those that have been neutered, although a mother will be extremely protective of her babies, especially newborns. Trying to pick up very young pups may trigger the mother to become aggressive and bite, if she feels there is a threat.
Other types of aggression in dogs may be when they are in pain, or they may be fearful, this can be clear in a dog that is in a lot of pain, they may growl or even bite, because they do not want to be hurt anymore. Frightened dogs may start to bark and bare their teeth, because they are defending themselves against something they do not know or recognize. Now that we know the many different types of aggression and some of the reasons behind this behavior, we need to know what to do when it comes to a temperamental dog.
The best thing one can do as a pet owner is to start training as early as possible, but be sure to use positive training, rewarding good behavior with treats or a favorite toy. Moreover, enroll them in a training school early on, so they can socialize with other dogs to see that they are not something to be afraid of, or if you don’t have a training school close by, take them for walks where there are other dogs. However, if you have a dog that is aggressive and is older, be sure to get a professional to help curb the unwanted behavior, aggressive temperament needs to be dealt with quickly, but don’t try this alone or you could end up injured.
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Spring Time Allergies For Pets And What Plants To Look Out For

Spring Time allergies at Paws at PeaceWe all look forward to spring time when the weather is warmer, especially after a cold winter, but with spring time comes the dreaded allergy season, but not just for humans. Pets too can suffer with spring time allergies, and both cats and dogs can have their fair share of allergies during this time, in fact in milder locations, pet allergies can last year round. This article will be discussing what types of allergy our pets could suffer from, how to treat them, and some plants to be wary of planting around your home if you have pets.

When we talk about pet allergies, there are really only two types, food allergies or environmental allergies, for spring allergies we will be discussing environmental allergies, which consist of pollen, dander, dust or mites. There can also be other environmental things that can cause allergies to, but for the most part an allergy in our pet during spring will probably be one of pollen, dust or mites. Once you realize that your pet has developed a spring time allergy, you need to take some steps in order to make him feel better, and there are quite a few things we can do to either cure, or manage the allergy.

First thing, is to look for signs of an allergy, our pets can’t tell us there is something wrong, but there are some obvious signs from allergies. More often than not you will notice your pet scratching an effected area, or licking a spot regularly, maybe even rubbing up against furniture to relieve an itch. These observations should be watched, because once a dog, or cat has developed a spring time allergy it can slowly worsen over time if we do nothing. An irritation or itch, will see the pet constantly scratching, and licking a spot until it becomes red, sore and eventually can lead to broken skin, leading to infection.

Dogs are more prone to spring time allergies than cats, although both can get allergies at this time of year, and the best way to keep their allergies to a minimum is to follow some simple guidelines. Washing paws after a walk will keep down the amount of outside allergens brought into the home, and frequent bathing during these first warmer months will keep the allergens down that he has collected from outdoors. Vacuuming the home regularly serves two purposes, it not only keeps the house clean, but also keeps bugs, mites and pollen down, the worst causes of allergies in the home, even better if you have an air filter.

If you think your pet has a spring time allergy be sure to talk with your vet about it, there are blood tests that can be done to narrow down what causes some allergies, and even diet change can help. Feeding a dog food for a specific breed can help, but only if it has low or no amount of by products. In addition, it can also help if you feed him a food that is low in grain content, as a high carb diet can trigger or worsen inflammation. There are even allergy fighting supplements like Quercetin, which is a bioflavonoid with antioxidant properties as well as being an anti-inflammatory, so it is important to speak with your vet about different options for pet allergy sufferers.

Spring Time Plants That Are Dangerous To Pets

Believe it or not, some of those beautiful, colorful flowers we dream of planting in our garden come spring time can actually be harmful to our pets, some can even cause death. Plants like daffodils and tulips are among the prettiest of flowers, yet the bulb or tubers contain alkaloids that can be toxic to our pets, and if eaten in large quantities can cause irregular heartbeats, convulsions and low blood pressure. Ingesting plants that contain grayanotoxins, also known as andromedotoxins can be highly toxic for both dogs and cats, plants like rhododendrons and azaleas, which happen to be another garden favorite.

Hyacinths are another favorite with gardeners, but pet owners may want to think twice before putting these in their home or garden as they contain dangerous alkaloids, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, tremors and depression in both dogs and cats. Foxgloves and Lilly of the valley are both popular flowers, but can stop a heartbeat if eaten by your pet, and the famous Sago palms that have in recent years become hugely popular in gardens, and used as ornamental plants are one of the most toxic to both dogs, and cats as all parts of the plant are toxic. Keep in mind, that it only takes one or two seeds from this to kill a pet. Moreover, even some fertilizers can harm our pets, so always check for pet friendly fertilizer, and plants before you buy them so you and your pet can enjoy the outside as much as the inside without worrying about these issues mentioned here today.

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How To Deal With Pet Loss

Pet Loss Paws at Peace DallasWhen it comes to pet loss, it can be a very challenging time for the owner, and on top of that, not everyone will understand the way you feel or why. Many non pet owners can’t seem to understand why pet owners get, so upset when their pet passes on, they think ‘it’s just a pet’, but many owners have developed such a strong bond and relationship that it’s just like losing a loved one. Today we will take a look at how we can deal with pet loss, and some steps toward recovering from such a great loss, and remembering our best friend.

First and foremost, it is important to understand that it is ok to cry, it is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign that this is how much we loved our beloved pet, and it will also help in the recovery process. Letting your emotions out is quite an important part of moving on, and in many cases can help relieve some of the stress and anxiety that comes with losing a loved one. When we lose a loved one it is normal to feel many emotions, like guilt, anxiety, anger and even rage, but these mixture of emotions will pass in time, it is also important to some extent to ‘go through the motions’.

All the mixed emotions we go through when losing a pet can be almost identical to that of losing a close relative or friend, so it is also important we talk about our loss. Try to find a friend who knows what you’re going through, maybe someone who has lost a pet themselves, it won’t help talking to a friend who has never had a pet, or doesn’t understand your loss. Once you can talk to someone who understands then let your emotions out. In addition, talk about how you feel, and the kind of relationship you had with your pet, all this will help shed some of the burden, and actually make you feel a little better.

Another thing many pet owners do when they lose their loved one is to create some sort of memorial to them, like maybe a photo album of past pictures taken in happier times. Moreover, if there are children in the home they will share the loss, and sometimes be overwhelmed with the passing of their favorite pet. Therefore, talk with them about how happy their pet made them feel, and maybe create a memorial to him, like planting a tree and dedicating it to the lost pet. If, you have decided to bury your pet in the garden, you can decide to mark the grave with a small headstone, or by planting a rose tree. However, be certain to talk it over with everyone within the family, and make it a joint decision.

Some people like to write their feelings down in a journal, and this can often help, especially if you don’t have someone to talk with who really understands what you are going through. After a while you will find you will spend less time thinking about the loss, but rather all the happy times you had together, and this is when you can decide if you are ready for another best friend, or take a break for a little while. That being said, some pet owners find it makes it easier to volunteer for the local pet shelter, and this may also be where you find someone to talk to about your loss, as well as helping others find a best friend too.

Finally, when losing your best friend, whether it be a dog, cat, or any other pet that you have become very close to, remember that time heals, and over time you will feel less emotional when thinking of your best friend, and eventually be able to move on. As with the loss of a family member, you never really get over it, but you will eventually think positively when thinking about the lost loved one, things you see each day will remind you of the good times you had together. Nevertheless, just be sure not to let your feeling bottle up inside, it is important to let it out in order for you to move on, do something positive relating to your loved one, and avoid any negativity, as he wouldn’t have wanted that for you when remembering him, or her.

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Common Problems For Senior Pets

Common Problems For Senior Pets - paws at peace pet hospiceAs our senior pets age, just like us they will find it harder to fight off infections, and their immune system will not be as good as it used to be, and they will also develop some health conditions. Having said that, it can be easy to put any changes in their behavior down to aging, but it is always better to be safe than sorry, and take them to the vet if anything seems out of the ordinary. Moreover, let us take a look at some of the more common problems for senior pets and what to look for.

One of the most common problems in senior dogs is gum disease, which may not seem such a big deal, but if left untreated can lead to some serious health issues. In addition, gum inflammation, or gingivitis can lead to gum disease, which is where the gums actually pull away from the teeth, and thus this creates pockets, which can then become infected, and even lead to bone loss. Gum disease can even lead to infections in the blood, in turn leading to possible serious damage to one, or more of the internal organs, so be sure to take him for regular checkups, especially if you notice bleeding or swollen gums or gums that are tender and red.

Another condition that is becoming more, and more common today in our senior pets is Diabetes, and usually occurs in dogs around the age of 8 or 9. Diabetes is basically improper functioning of insulin in the body, and can often be hereditary, and is more common in females than in males. Symptoms of Diabetes are weight loss, irritability, increased urination and thirst, and cuts that heal slowly, or slow healing bruises, if you notice any of these signs then it is probably a good idea to have a vet check him out.

Blindness is a condition that we’d rather not think of as a common disease in senior dogs, but it is a process that occurs over time especially in many older dogs, yet it doesn’t have to change their lives drastically due to their amazing smell and hearing. Senior dogs that have gone blind can be fine outside on a leash, and they can navigate their home environment without any problems as long as furniture isn’t moved around too frequently. Early signs of deteriorating eyesight is Cataracts, which is a white covering over the eye, while other more obvious signs are bumping into things, falling down and red or irritated eyes.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in senior dogs, and is not very often diagnosed with blood tests in its early stages, so it is important for us senior dog owners to check them out frequently. That being said, be certain to check for lumps, or bumps that shouldn’t be there, bleeding from the ears, nose or mouth, sores or cuts that heal slowly and weight loss. Other things to watch for would be blood in the stool, diarrhea or constipation. However, these are not guaranteed signs of cancer, but if you do notice any of these signs it is always best to get them checked out, cancer has a good success rate if caught early on.

Finally, although there are many common problems for our senior pets, not every pet will get one or more of these conditions mentioned, and if they do develop one or more of these problems, many are treatable if caught early on. Having said that, being a responsible pet owner means that we should check them over thoroughly once in a while, be aware of any changes in their behavior and mood, and report these changes when you see your vet. Regular checkups, and good communication with your vet is important, and can play a vital role in detecting conditions early on, so even if you think a change in your pets behavior is insignificant, tell the vet anyway, it could just save his life, and help him to easily enjoy his senior years too.

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Ways To Exercise Senior Pets During The Winter Months

Exercising senior pets dog winter - paws at peace pet hospiceDogs of all ages, and sizes need their exercise, even in the winter months. However, there are times when it’s just too cold outside, especially when we have freak weather conditions, and the wind chill is hazardous both to us and our pets. At times like this we need to think about different ways we can still keep our senior pets active, but comfortable. Having said that, let us take a look at some ways to exercise our senior pets during the winter months, and don’t worry as it’s a lot easier than it sounds.

Most senior pet owners know how crucial it is for exercise, and to keep our pets limbs moving, but sometimes it can be difficult to find ways to exercise our pets when it’s too cold to take them outdoors. However, if you have a long hallway then you can play tug of war games, or indoor games of fetch, just make sure there is nothing in the hallway that can be broken easily, or clear the hallway for winter. In addition, younger, and smaller dogs can enjoy a game of fetch using a stair way, although this is not recommended for larger dogs with potential joint problems, as this can make them worse, for instance if they have arthritis.

Many areas now have indoor pet spas, which are available even in winter, and can be excellent for older larger dogs as well as smaller and younger ones too. Moreover, those with indoor pet pools are excellent for large dogs with joint problems as the water takes pressure of their limbs, and can even help relax them, just be sure they are completely dry before taking them out in the cold, even if it’s just a small way to the vehicle. Not all areas have pet spas, so you would have to research your local area online, or ask other pet owners if they know of any pet spas in your area.

When it comes to exercising your senior pet inside, try to think of something new that you haven’t tried before, like playing hide and seek, or if your senior pet likes following you around the house, take a walk all around the house, including up stairs. Another great option, especially for larger dogs is using a treat ball, or food dispensing ball or toy, although small dogs love these too. These toys, or balls can be stuffed with treats, or dry food and as he plays with it, food is released, giving him more incentive to play for longer when a regular ball may be left alone.

Exercising senior pets during the winter months is not, so big a challenge as you may think, don’t overlook your own exercise equipment like for instance, a treadmill. Treadmills are good for us humans when it’s too cold to go jogging, but dogs can also be quite at home on a treadmill, just make sure you supervise while he’s on it. Treadmills are also good with larger dogs, but make sure you start it off on the lowest setting, so that if he becomes uncomfortable with it he can easily jump off.

Thinking of ways to exercise senior pets during the winter months can be a bit challenging, so we hope we have given you some ideas to help you and your senior pet during these chilly times. However, you may have to consider changing some of your environment in your home if you don’t have much space. Nevertheless, some ideas we’ve mentioned don’t even need a lot of room, although larger residents can create mini obstacle courses and more. Whether you decide to play tug, hide and seek, or take him to your next yoga class, any exercise you can give your senior pet during the winter will keep him active, less anxious, and prevent him from becoming obese, leading to a healthier pet which lives longer.

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Keeping Your Senior Pet Comfortable During The Winter Months

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Winter time can be harsh on both humans and animals, and although we can take medications, and wrap up warm our senior pets rely on us to look after them. Winter time is the time for joint pain, colds, sores, and worsening health conditions, but we can do a lot to help our senior pets to have a more comfortable time during these cold months. Having said that, let us take a good look at some things we can do to help our pets have a nice time even during the winter, and be more comfortable so they don’t have to suffer at all.

One of the first things to think about during the winter is where your senior pet is sleeping, because where he sleeps during the summer months may not be appropriate during the colder weather. Make sure there are no constantly opening doors where he sleeps, or relaxes as the hot, and cold air can be hazardous to his arthritis if he has any associated joint pain. A warm room that stays at a constant temperature will be much better for him as well as a comfortable bed.

When it comes to beds for senior pets, this may be a good time to purchase a new one, especially if he has had his bed for a long time. Manufacturers are constantly thinking of new ways to improve products, and more recently you can buy special beds that have memory foam or foam that forms to your pets body when he lays down. These orthopedic type beds are ideal for senior pets, especially those that suffer from arthritis, any type of joint issues, and hip dysplasia, making them much more comfortable and able to get better sleep.

Another thing we have to think about when it comes to our senior pets is when it snows, or there is ice on the sidewalks and roads, as it can be very hazardous for them. Even though dogs, and cats have nice furry coats, their paws can be affected by the cold, ice, and salt that is put down on these surfaces, making them sore and prone to cracking, which in turn can lead to infections. Therefore, you may want to consider giving them some boots, or booties to wear to help protect their paws while outside.

Depending on the breed of your dog, you may also want to consider a dog jacket, or coat to protect them, especially in areas where the temperature can go below freezing, or areas where it gets very damp and cold. Generally, the larger dog breeds with heavy coats, like the Labrador or German Shepherd Dog do not require a coat, but with smaller dogs with much less hair or fur, the cold wind can penetrate their coat easily. Many of these relatively new products out on the market now are very affordable, and if you buy them off season ready for next year you can often get large discounts, making it a worthwhile purchase.

One of the main concerns with senior pets during winter months is joint pain, this can be for a number of reasons, and as we all know pain is not very nice. However, talk to your vet about adding some Glucosamine, and Chondroitin to his diet, which helps to lubricate their joints, which even in a healthy pet can stiffen up in the winter time and become painful. Moreover, you should not stop exercising your senior pet during the colder months, in fact you should keep up with regular exercise to avoid stiffening of the joints.

During winter you may also want to take your senior pet to the vet for a checkup, as our pets age much quicker than we do, and can develop conditions fairly quickly compared to us. Also, look out for unusual behavior during the cold months, like your pet may not want to go upstairs, or climb onto a bed that he used to do all the time, this could be an early sign that he is having joint problems. Protecting your senior pet from the rigors of nature is not so hard to do, and it will make for a much comfortable life for him during these potentially dangerous months, and he may even live longer for it too.

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Comfort Products For Senior Dogs

Comfort Products For Senior DogsWe all want to make sure our senior dogs are healthy, and comfortable in their later years, and with many products that are out on the market today we can make their lives even more comfortable. Having said that, some products can even help prolong their life, especially if they suffer with certain conditions like joint problems. Therefore, in this article we will take a closer look at some of the products that will make a senior dog’s life more comfortable, as well as help them to improve his quality of life, so read on to learn more.

Boots Or Booties

Boots, or booties as they are often referred to, are not just for looks or people that pamper their pets, they actually serve a purpose that your dog will be grateful for. Boots will stop them from slipping on icy surfaces in the winter, and also protect their paws from the toxic additives when salt is laid on the road or pavement. Also in winter, many dogs that walk on icy, or snowy surfaces suffer with sore paws that can lead to infection, so booties actually have a practical use for your senior dog as well as younger dogs too for that matter.

Orthopedic Mattress

These mattresses make a huge difference to the quality of life for your senior dog, especially larger dogs that can suffer with joint and back issues. These mattresses are not only comfortable for your senior dog, but are extremely practical with dogs that suffer with arthritis, and other aches and pain conditions. Moreover, they can be extremely affordable, and can last the whole dogs life, and even if you start a younger dog on a orthopedic mattress, it will help him later in life easily.

Steps And Ramps

You can now purchase steps, or ramps for your senior dog, which can be a great help for those senior dogs that have trouble getting to higher places due to joint issues. Many older dogs cannot get up on a sofa, or couch that they so used to love, or some that are used to sleeping on their owners bed just can’t jump up anymore due to arthritis or other conditions. However, by purchasing a ramp, or step it can make their life much easier, and get them to where they are most comfortable without too much effort, and it makes it easier on their limbs.

Life Vests

This may sound a strange idea until you actually think about it, many dogs live near water of some kind like a river, lake, pond or even the ocean, and they probably love to swim. The life vest is a precautionary garment that is very practical as your dog gets older, because his limbs aren’t as strong as they used to be, and the life vest will protect them if they get worn out or tired while swimming in the water. Swimming is great exercise for all dogs, because is uses virtually every muscle in the body, and is also therapeutic, yet it is also a good idea to ensure their safety by fitting a life vest before they go into the water.

Hind Limb Harness And Slings

The hind limb harness, or slings are both great products for senior dogs that have joint problems, arthritis, or just have problems walking, especially those that are paralyzed. Hind limb harnesses attach to the dogs rear end, and attach to a handle so that you can support their back legs, and many owners have said that without the harness their dog would not be able to get out and about. In addition, the slings are designed to fit under the abdomen to support the hips, and are made with a padded or cushioned underside for comfort.

There are many products out on the market for dogs that are just gimmicks, or do not serve a real purpose, but every so often there are products that come out, which do actually help. The products we have looked at here today provide both practical, and health benefits to make life easier for your senior dog. Moreover, some of these products can actually add years to your dog’s life, and make life much more comfortable for them, whether it be getting in, and out of a bed or couch, or having much needed relief for their arthritis.

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The Importance Of Regular Check Ups For Senior Pets

Seniors Pets Check UpsFor many pet owners it is difficult to tell if our pets are getting to the stage where they are slowing down because they are sick, or if it is just old age. To give you a good rule of thumb, a senior dog is around seven to eight years of age, and although many dogs live until they are twelve or even fifteen, you should be taking them for regular check ups from about the age of 8 years. In addition, many conditions and illnesses can start to show signs at this age, but also blood tests can reveal hidden conditions easily that you may not be aware of at this stage, so let us look at the importance of regular check ups, and some signs to look out for as your pet ages.

To give you an idea of the aging process of a dog, for every one of our years a dog would age around 6 to 8 years, so diseases associated with older humans, like diabetes, liver and heart problems can start to begin in a dog as early as six, occasionally earlier. Many health problems with dogs have visible signs to look for while other conditions can only be detected by blood tests, although even hidden diseases may be apparent by watching his behavior change. Having said that, another reason it is important for regular check ups for senior pets is because in many cases, the earlier a condition is detected, the easier it is to treat.

Things To Look Out For In Your Senior Pet

Take some time out each week to give your pet a good check up yourself, look out for any new lumps or bumps on his body as these may not be apparent just by looking, you have to feel for them, and sometimes lumps can turn cancerous, and spread throughout the body. Hip dysplasia is quite common in larger dogs, but can also be a problem for smaller dogs too, or they can suffer from sore and swollen joints. Sometimes there are obvious signs to look for, like his unwillingness to get up too often, or walk long distances due to the pain in the joints, or he may not be willing to climb stairs where before he may have run up them.

Quite a few older dogs can have poor eyesight, and some even end up going blind, and this is more common than you would think. Check on his eyes regularly, and report any abnormalities to your vet, a grey slightly milky look could be a sign of cataracts and if left alone can lead to blindness. Glaucoma can be another eye condition senior pets can develop, and red or sore eyes can be a sign of this. Therefore, in this case you should make an appointment with your vet to get this checked out, and discuss which treatment plan is best for him.

Heart, Lungs, Kidneys And Liver

Senior pets with a cough, breathlessness, decreased stamina, or a bloated stomach can be signs of cardiac issues and should be checked out, because as the heart ages it can develop a heart murmur or even a swollen heart. Similar signs could mean a lung disease like bronchitis or even pneumonia, especially if there is a cough present and there seems to be difficulty in breathing. A lack of appetite, nausea, and sometimes seizures can be a sign of a liver problem, because in senior pets the liver can malfunction and create a build up of toxins in the body.

Problems with kidneys are quite common in both dogs, and cats and there can be several signs to look for as a senior pet owner. Weight loss, excessive thirst, bad smelling breath and/or mouth ulcers can all be signs there is a kidney problem. Having said that, all the aforementioned conditions can be either treated, cured, or manageable for a better quality of life providing they are caught early, which is why it is so important to have regular vet check ups in senior pets.

Many life threatening conditions can plague our senior pets as they move toward their twilight years, and most of them can be detected either by a simple blood test, or urine sample. Early detection can be vital in the course of treatment, and whether or not he can be cured, or just make life easier and more comfortable for him, depending on the ailment or condition. Therefore, getting regular check ups for our senior pets is important, because catching a condition early enough for a cure can save you money further down the line, and lead to him having a much longer life too, so that you both can enjoy more years together easily.

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Tips For Traveling With Your Pet At Christmas

Pet Traveling Christmas - Paws at peaceMany pet owners, especially first time pet owners, would like to consider taking their pets with them at Christmas, but may not know where to start. This leads to them hiring a professional pet sitter, which can cost a pretty penny, or putting them into kennels for a week or two, which can lead to other problems when you get back home. We will discuss some tips for traveling with your pet this Christmas, whether it be a road trip or something more luxurious, so that you, and your pet get the most out of your vacation.

Probably the main reasons for pet owners not taking their pets with them at Christmas time is, because they think it may be a lot of hassle, and they haven’t researched about it, or they have just been misinformed. The fact is that many pets are really a member of the family, and should be considered when going on vacation, and you’re not as limited as you may think about where you can go. Hotels now have pet friendly rooms, as do many resorts, and many owners choose to rent homes instead of booking a hotel when traveling with their pets.

Preparation is key when traveling with your pet at Christmas time, and a little bit of knowledge can cut the stress down dramatically, like making sure your pet is chipped with identification. Depending on the country you live in, your dog may need a passport, depending on where you are traveling, but even so be sure he has plenty of identification, just in case he wanders off. Taking any medication your pet may need is essential too, and a good sized pet cage, or crate that he has been comfortable with because he may need to spend some time in it.

Making sure he has some favorite toys when he is in his crate, or a favorite blanket that will help him be less stressful, especially if on a flight. In addition, be sure that he is up to date on his inoculations, as some countries will not let you in with a pet unless you can prove this. Therefore, be sure to take any paperwork with you associated with this, especially rabies shots. When traveling with your pet at Christmas time be sure to take a good water bowl, and plenty of water, especially if it is a road trip as you never know how far it will be before the next pit stop.

Leaving your pet at a kennel can end up costing you more in the long run, and you also run the risk of him becoming sick, distressed, or being scared all the time you are away due to other pets in the facility. Moreover, leaving him with a pet sitter means giving access to your home to a stranger, and although they may be a professional things can get misplaced, and doors can be left unlocked by mistake. You wouldn’t leave a child behind when going on holiday, so why leave your pet behind? after all, he is one of the family.

Of course, there are some vacations it is probably not wise to take a pet along, but many owners are choosing holidays based around the whole family, taking their pets into consideration also. Having said that, even though their destination may change to accommodate their pet, it doesn’t mean it will be any less exciting, and in many cases a change can lead to even more fun and enjoyment. When taking a pet along on your next Christmas trip, it’s just like preparing for yourself, be sure you have ID, food, water, some toys to keep him occupied, and feel at home even while he’s away with you, and a nice warm blanket too.

When booking hotels, research, and phone ahead of time to be sure they have pet friendly rooms, and what they actually offer. Ask about other facilities regarding pets, like do they have a dog walking service, or if they have off lead areas in, or around the grounds, and also ask about hidden fees. Finally, with a little research, and preparation, along with asking plenty of questions when booking it will ensure you all enjoy your Christmas holiday, including your best friend who will be, so pleased you took him along this time.