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: […]

Pets Plus Seniors Equals Happiness

Pets Plus Seniors Equals Happiness

Exercise & Enrichment, Senior Pets

When Robert Hampton recently moved into the Brookdale Memory Care Center in Dallas, his wife, Marilyn, knew exactly what he needed to boost his spirits and to encourage him to be social with other residents. She brought in four friendly cats from a local pet rescue group into her husband’s room and said, “Pick one.” […]

Senior Pets Have Special Anesthesia Needs

Senior Pets Have Special Anesthesia Needs

Senior Pets

Feeling a little more tired as you age? A little out of breath? The same is likely true for your aging dog or cat. The fact is that organs change with age, and those changes can affect not only day-to-day activities, but also the way our pets respond to anesthesia. Changes related to aging can […]