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 […]

Anxiety Often Accompanies Cognitive Dysfunction

Anxiety Often Accompanies Cognitive Dysfunction

Senior Pets

If your pet has cognitive dysfunction—canine or feline dementia—you may have noticed that he seems to be more anxious than in the past. That’s a common side effect of the condition, but there are ways to manage it. Aging dogs and cats have problems similar to those of elderly humans, and not just physical ones: […]