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Senior Dogs

Your dogs´s needs change with aging. Learn how to make the most of your dog´s golden years.

Doggy Alzheimer´s Disease star
Older dogs are susceptible to many of the same diseases that affect older people... arthritis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and a canine version of Alzheimer´s disease.

Advantages of Adopting a Senior Dog star[offsite link]
An adult dog is often a much more laidback roommate, without all the energy, and just as cute and affectionate. Plus, dogs can live well into their teen years – so don’t let their age stand in your way!

Aging Dogs Chart star[offsite link]
When does a dog become a senior? How do they age in comparison to Humans? Because of the many sizes and breeds, there is no exact way to be precise. This table is an average and is a general guideline. Reaching senior age only means that your pet will start to slow down and loose stamina. Older dogs may require require a new diet and exercise plan.

Caring For Your Senior Dog star
Knowing how the aging process can affect a dog, recognizing the signs of pain and aging, and making a few adjustments can give an elderly dog a healthier, happier life and extra quality time.

Exercises for Your Older Dog star[offsite link]
No matter how old he is, when a dog is active and stimulated it´s good for his overall well-being: physically, mentally and emotionally. In fact, exercise is the very thing a dog needs to maintain his quality of life as he ages. Read more.....

Geriatrics in Canines star[offsite link]
There is a surprising list of diseases and problems related to aging and the elderly dog. The worst problem by far, is non-recognition of problems. Read more....

Monitoring Your Aging Dog for Signs of Disease star[offsite link]
As your dog ages, the likelihood he will develop various changes in the function of his body systems increases. Some of these will be normal changes due to the aging process, others may be indicative of disease. Here´s possible early signs of disease.

Preventing Injury in Your Older Dog star[offsite link]
Whether it be due to arthritis, brittle bones, or general aging - your older dog is more susceptible to injuries. Here are some simple things you can do to help him stay comfortable and injury-free in his Golden Years.

Senior Dog Health star[offsite link]
Pedigree has many articles about common health conditions and diseases pf older dogs.

Senior Pet FAQs star[offsite link]
Veterinarians answer questions about common changes in older dogs.... exercise requirements, skin and coat changes, changes you should make in an older dog´s diet and more.

Special Nutritional Needs of Older Pets star[offsite link]
As a dog or cat ages, changes occur in the way their body functions, so it makes sense that what they eat might also need to change.

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs star[offsite link]
The privilege of loving a senior dog makes every single day special, as you and your companion share love, friendship, and a special relationship that grows stronger with the knowledge that you have given this fine old dog a second chance at life. If you´re reluctant to adopt a senior dog, read this.

The Senior Dogs Project star[offsite link]
The Senior Dogs Project promotes the adoption of older dogs; Provides current information on the special care that older dogs need so that they and their human companions may fully enjoy their golden years; and (3) documents the strong, loving bonds that people have with their older dogs.

The Ten Most Important Tips for Keeping Your Older Dog Healthy star[offsite link]
Important steps to keep your senior dog interested, active, happy and comfortable.

The Virtues of Older Dogs star[offsite link]
There are many virtues in older dogs. They are typically calm, gentle, and easy-going. Read more...

Top 10 Health Tips for Senior Dogs star[offsite link]
Being aware of the natural changes that can occur as your dog reaches his or her golden years, as well as what you can do to help keep your pet as healthy, active and comfortable as possible, can ensure that you both enjoy this final stage in your dog´s life to the fullest.

Your Geriatric Dog star[offsite link]
A general description of issues relating to older dogs - special needs, signs of illness and a description of diagnostic procedures which may be recommended by your veterinarian as part of a geriatric exam.

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