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Senior Citizens (of the dog variety)

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, In : Aging 


So much information is written about puppies and adolescent dogs. I thought it was time to write a bit about older dogs, especially as my older one turns 13 on September 13. 
Just as with humans, aging is a part of a dog’s life. 
It’s not easy to watch our once agile, active, dogs struggle with arthritis, failing vision, loss of hearing and general slowing down.

There are many changes that can occur as your dog ages. These can be so subtle and gradual you don’t even think it’s related to...

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To My Dog: Thank You

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, September 13, 2013, In : Aging 





On the eve of my little man’s 12th birthday I think of how big an impact he’s had on my life. It’s because of him I do what I do. The desire to learn more and more about dogs and dog behaviour and to become better and better at what I do are a direct result of bringing Rufus into my home at the age of 9 weeks.
I had spoken with a breeder who had a litter of puppies but they were spoken for. She agreed to see me anyway. I wanted to meet her and like all good breeders, she wanted to meet m...

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Slowing Down - Aging Dogs

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, July 5, 2013, In : Aging 


When my Westie was a wee pup and was allowed to have small bits of free time out of the crate, I began bringing him up to the bathroom while I took a shower. I knew he was safe and couldn’t get into trouble.
From that time onward, he has always come up to the bathroom as soon as he heard the shower go on. I could see through the shower door, a little white shadow, curled up on the bathmat. He would remain there until the water was turned off. At that point, he would go over the air condition...
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Watching My Dog Getting Older

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, May 27, 2013, In : Aging 



Today I had a very nice walk with my two guys and a friend and her dog. It was the first time I saw my older one having a bit of a difficult time. He was walking slowly and pausing quite a bit. At two points I had to pick him up to give his legs a rest.
He has luxating patella in both back legs which up until recently wasn't a huge issue. I see now the arthritis must be getting worse and mobility is an issue.
I suppose there is no good way to prepare for the slowing down of your "heart" dog. It...

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On Dogs and Aging

Posted by SitStayLearn on Monday, September 10, 2012, In : Aging 

Osteomyelitis
– My West Highland Terrier, just turned 11 years old, has this in both front paws on the weight bearing toes. This is an infection in the bone, commonly caused by bacteria. Fungal and viral causes are also possible. If antibiotics don’t work, amputation is the recommendation.

It’s not always easy to know when they hurt. Sometimes it can be obvious such as when they yelp, vomit or begin to limp. Other signs might be going to a quiet place, a change in eating patterns, lickin...

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