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How to Help a Senior Dog with Incontinence

As dogs get older, they may start to lose control over their bladder and bowels. Oftentimes, incontinence can be a symptom of several types of conditions. Certain breeds are more prone to develop incontinence and female dogs are more likely … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons Your Senior Dog or Cat is Finicky

As pets age, pet feeding can become more challenging especially if your senior pet has become more finicky during meal time. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, some older pets just don’t love to eat. Pet feeding can become a real … Continue reading

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Top Ten Foods You Should Not Feed Your Senior Pet

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats and small dogs are considered seniors at age 7; large dogs are considered seniors at age 5 or 6. Owners should be careful about many people foods they may feed to their … Continue reading

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How to Detect Urinary Issues in Senior Cats

A cat is considered a senior cat at age 7 and oftentimes, senior cats develop urinary tract issues. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease is not merely one problem, but a collection of clinical symptoms that may have more than one … Continue reading

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How Joint Supplements May Help Senior Dogs

Joint pain is often caused by bone-on-bone wear and tear to a joint. If the fluid and cushion between joints has worn, and bone is rubbing on bone, this can cause joint pain in your senior pet. Once the cushioning … Continue reading

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Help for Senior Pets with Allergies

Pets can develop allergies at any stage of life, but allergies in elderly pets can be very frustrating, not only for pet parents but also for pets. Pets with allergies are often itchy and uncomfortable and can cause skin irritations … Continue reading

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Celebrating Holidays with Elderly Pets

The holiday season will soon be upon us and if you have an older pet, the holidays can be especially challenging for them. Older pets are prone to illnesses and disabilities such as arthritis or blindness, which can make getting … Continue reading

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Elderly Pet Safety in Cold Weather

Cold weather can pose serious threats to pet health. Pet’s cold tolerance for cold weather can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level and health.  You will probably need to shorten your dog’s … Continue reading

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How to Soothe Pet Crying and Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is triggered when dogs become upset typically because they have been separated from their caretakers. Dogs with separation anxiety will bark, howl or display other distress behaviors typically within a short time of being left alone.  Fortunately there … Continue reading

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Elderly Pet Travel Safety

Elderly pets are at greater risk for injury during travel because some may not react as quickly as a younger pet would if a vehicle stops short or is in an accident. Many animals, especially dogs, love driving in the … Continue reading

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Elderly Pet Dental Care

Elderly pets are at higher risk for tooth decay and gum problems than younger pets. Pet parents must be especially vigilant with older pets to ensure that their teeth and gums stay healthy and strong into pet old age.  AVMA … Continue reading

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Itchy Pets and Constant Licking in Elderly Pets

Many dogs and cats lick and scratch as result of itching (also called pruritis). The most common cause of itching is allergies, skin disease, dry skin, external parasites, infections and in rare cases, skin cancer. Elderly pets lick and scratch … Continue reading

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How to Keep Senior Pets Safe

Keeping pets safe at home or while traveling can be challenging especially as pets age. A large dog is considered a senior dog at age 5-6 years of age, and smaller dogs and cats are considered seniors at age 7. … Continue reading

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Does Cataracts Equal Blindness in Pets?

Many people think that when a dog or cat develops cataracts, it means the pet may go blind. In many cases, it is true, cataracts can lead to blindness in animals. However, what many people don’t know is cataracts can … Continue reading

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Is the Anti-Vaccine Movement Hurting Pets?

Vaccines are health products that trigger protective immune responses in pets and prepare them to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines can lessen the severity of future diseases and certain vaccines can prevent infection altogether. Today, a variety of … Continue reading

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