1. Has your old dog slipped into a routine of just sleeping all day?
2. Does he no longer show an interest in things that once made him happy?
3. Does your old dog appear grumpy or sad?
4. Are skin and stool issues a recurring problem for your senior dog?
5. Does the vet say "Oh, he's just old"?
If you answer "yes" to any of the above questions, please read on.
Our website is centered around general maintenance, prevention and how to tackle health related problems in older dogs using safe and natural methods whenever possible!
My husband and I have been rescuing older dogs for many years now and along the way we've learned plenty of tips and tricks on how to keep aging dogs healthy AND active well into their twilight years.
We've had dogs with cancer, kidney failure, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies and other nagging skin issues.
We've dealt with many old dog health problems including arthritis, cognitive dysfunction (Alzheimer's in dogs) and behavioral issues and these are just some of the health issues that we've tackled over the years.
Thirty years of providing care for elderly dogs has armed us with the knowledge and experience to help others maintain and overcome many health problems facing their own older dog.
As you sift through our website, you'll not only learn what you can expect from your dog as he or she gets older, but you also find plenty of natural products, solutions and ideas to help you avoid common mistakes and make healthy choices. And please, if you can't find what you're looking for, just ask us!
Just because they're old, doesn't mean they should feel like it!
There's no doubt that traditional medicines are necessary at times, however, you can avoid them quite often by using safe, high quality natural remedies combined with a healthy, nutritious diet and supplements.
Our older dogs live healthy, vibrant and active lives due to the stance we've taken on what we feed and the choices we make to maintain their good health. It became and still is a life long quest for us to educate other dog owners on the importance of better food choices and incorporating safer methods for general maintenance to increase their dog's chances of living a longer, healthier life.
Why Choosing A Good Holistic Vet Is So Important for Your Older Dog
While all veterinarians are of course educated, we've learned that all vets aren't created equal. School teaches you how to do a job, but it doesn't necessarily make you good at it. Shop around and more importantly - look for a holistic vet in your area. STOP covering up the symptoms and start treating your dog WHOLE from the inside out!
Remember, you are your dog's voice and more importantly, you have the right to ask as many questions as you want and a good vet will encourage this. You can continue down the rocky road of back and forth to the vet's office for the same problem or take a stance and make better choices for your old friend.
Holistic vets also use traditional veterinary care when necessary, but they prefer to use whole, natural methods for the health of your senior dog whenever possible.
Unfortunately, common sense has taken a back seat to convenience and older dogs (dogs of all ages actually) are paying the price due to bad advice regarding nutrition and general maintenance. We've learned that it's about going back to the basics of what's truly good for your dog and what's not. It's about going back to his roots and discovering how well dogs respond to healthy, natural products in every form and you'll find many of those through out our website.
Although all dogs live for routine, old dogs especially rely on it. A nice walk in a dog park or a good game of fetch provides great exercise and social activity for your old dog. A game of hide-and-seek with his favorite ball or toy is a great at home game for senior dogs.
Another idea is to make him use his "sense of smell" by developing a game of "Search and Rescue" which all dogs seem to love. Pick out an object such as a dog treat or toy. It's important that you allow your dog to thoroughly smell it.
Make him remain in position while you hide the object. Now, tell him to "find it" and watch that nose go. It might take a few times for him to catch on, but he will.
So while you're here, why not take a look around get your own old dog perked up.
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