Senior Pet Nutrition: What to Know

Senior Pet Nutrition: What to Know

Health, Senior Pets

A nutritionally balanced diet is one of the keys to good health and longevity for our pets. A good diet is important at every stage of life, including the senior years. Issues plaguing aging senior pets mirror the same issues that plague humans: both physically and mentally, things just don’t work like they used to! […]

Nose Work Is Scentsational for Dogs

Nose Work Is Scentsational for Dogs

Exercise & Enrichment, Senior Pets

Everyone knows dogs love to sniff, but we tend to think of it as a distraction, that walks should be for exercise, not wasting time dawdling and sniffing. But exercising an animal’s mind is important too, and a substantial part of the dog brain is devoted to smells. A study–“Let me sniff! Nosework induces positive […]

How to Help Pets Adapt to Vision Loss

How to Help Pets Adapt to Vision Loss

Senior Pets, Training, Travel & Safety

Connecticut resident Kathye O’Brien Anstis and her family were concerned when Riley, their 5-year-old Beagle mix, started bumping into their legs – it was as if he couldn’t see. They took him to a veterinary ophthalmologist who confirmed that Riley had lost his eyesight and diagnosed him with Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS), a […]

How Arthritis Affects Your Dog and What to Do for It

How Arthritis Affects Your Dog and What to Do for It

Senior Pets

I like to think my Labrador Retriever mix, Rio, is invincible. He loves hiking on trails, swimming in lakes, and generally frolicking outside. Even though he’s nearly 9 years old, I’ve been in denial that he’s a “senior.” But a recent conversation with a veterinary technician gave me pause. He mentioned that dogs who start […]