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.
I do NOT like to travel in cars. I’m one of those dogs who cannot settle down. I stand in the backseat the whole time, queasy and uncomfortable, asking my family “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”
Recently my friend Moxie the Maltese gave some great general tips about car travel with your dog. She even suggested some quick fixes for dogs who suffer from anxiety and carsickness.
These tips are fantastic but I wanted to add more, since there’s even more you can do to ease your dog’s fear or motion sickness and make them happy in the car!
Summer is almost here. Remember, us dogs can suffer from heatstroke, sunburn, organ failure, and even death if we get too hot. See, we don’t sweat the way you do; 90% of the way we cool ourselves off is by panting. All this to say, it’s important to keep your dog cool when temperatures rise. Here’s how.
Skip the shave
If your dog’s fur is very thick, you may be tempted to shave it all off to cool them down in the summertime. Don’t do it. As odd as it seems, dogs with double coats actually regulate temperature better when they have their fur, as it protects them from too much cold and too much heat.
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.
Remember, your dog’s crate is either a training tool or a place for them to relax, it’s not a tool for punishment or a place to put them when you’ve “had enough.” With that in mind, let’s looks at when you should and shouldn’t crate your dog.
1. When your dog is new to your house. Whether you’re adding a puppy or an adult dog to your family, a crate can be a good tool for them to transition to their new environment.
Hello my lovelies! Good to see you again.
As you’ll remember from my first blog, I’m Moxie the Maltese, and I LOVE to travel. This time I thought I’d share some wisdom I’ve gathered over the years on how to have the safest, most enjoyable road trip with your dog.
There’s nothing like human and dog hitting the open road together!