It’s said that dog owners spend from $1,000-$2,000 on average per dog each year, and that’s not even counting the initial cost of the dog, which can be several hundred to several thousand dollars for a purebred. While there’s no arguing that this is money well-spent on man’s best friend, you may be wondering how to cut down on the inevitable expenses of food, gear, toys, treats, veterinary care, and more. Here are 10 ways to cut down on costs.
More and more dog owners are looking into dietary supplements to improve their pet’s health, especially owners of senior dogs. As a senior dog myself, I am familiar with what supplements are the most popular for senior dogs and why. If your dog is advancing in years and beginning to slow down, you may want to consider adding these supplements to their diet.
You humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the right dietary supplements; they can be good for us dogs, too. Dogs with particular conditions, such as arthritis, may get the most benefit, but even dogs that are healthy as a horse (so to speak) may see improvements. If you’re curious about dietary supplements for dogs, check out the list below of some of the most common kinds. (Quick caveat: the FDA doesn’t test supplements for effectiveness and safety…
A dog ages 7 years in 1 human year, they say. That’s not precisely true, but it is true that we dogs reach our senior years much more quickly than our human counterparts. A small or medium size 11-year-old dog is equivalent to a 63-year-old human, while a large or giant 7-year-old dog is closer to 72 in human years.
Senior dogs, like senior humans, need special care and consideration as they age. As a senior dog myself, here are my top 6 tips for preparing for and dealing with the complications of aging dogs.
Arthritis is very common in humans, but did you know it’s common in us dogs, too? Up to 1 in 5 dogs have arthritis, and just like with humans, it’s more common with age.
If you have a dog approaching his senior years, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the signs of arthritis so you can get prompt diagnosis and treatment, but be aware that younger dogs can have arthritis, too. Here are the signs to look for, and what to do when you suspect arthritis is the culprit.