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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs Part 1

Boxer dog with grey face
In part one of this blog series, we’ll provide an overview of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), including definition, symptoms, diagnosis and prognosis. This information was provided by Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice as part of their educational pet disease series and has been republished with permission. What Is It? Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) is a medical condition that is characterized by the changes associated with the aging process of the brain that result in a decline of canine mental faculties associated with spatial orientation (where the dog is in space), facial recognition...

The 411 on Nutrition

Dog getting a treat
Dr. Kipp Chapman, DVM, of Philadelphia Animal Hospital has been in veterinary practice and surgery for 20 years. We spoke with Dr. Chapman to get the 411 on questions veterinarians get asked most regarding nutrition. When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, one of the questions veterinarians get asked most is, “What should I feed my dog?”

Shelter Dog Adoptions: The Pandemic's Silver Lining

Brown dog with adoption bandana
This has been an incredibly tough year, but the increased number of people fostering and adopting shelter dogs has been a silver lining. If you’re thinking about adding a furry friend to your family, please consider adopting a senior shelter dog. Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Lunghofer, answers some common questions. What suggestions do you have for people who are considering adopting a shelter dog, particularly a senior dog? Lisa : When adopting any dog—senior or not—it's important to be sure the dog is a good fit for your lifestyle. For example, some senior dogs are high-energy...

Senior Dogs for Young Professionals – A New Generation Opens Their Hearts

Chihuahua Solana
As it has for many rescues and shelters, 2020 has been a year of challenges and surprises for Carolina Poodle Rescue (CPR). COVID and the changes it imposed on normal operations at our rescue is something that we would gladly have by passed. There is however, one surprise that has been a welcome blessing. Most rescues have well-established programs to place senior dogs with senior adopters. Our sweet senior dogs generally enjoy a calmer lifestyle and someone who is likely to be home more than they are gone - a lifestyle that typically dovetails most closely with that of senior adopters. “...

A Recipe Your Pup Will Love

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Dog Cookies
Grey Muzzle board president Denise Fleck loves to cook for her pups. This is one of her family's favorite dog cookie recipes. These are likely to go fast, so you may want to stock up and make a double batch! Haiku Fleck's Favorite Pumpkin Sweet Potato Dog Cookies Ingredients 1½ Cups Brown Rice Flour ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon 1 Cup Mashed Baked Sweet Potato ½ Cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Purée 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal (dry) ¼ Cup Water 1 Egg 1 Tablespoon Molasses or Honey Directions Bake or microwave sweet potatoes and cool. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large mixing bowl, mash sweet potato, then add...

Tips To Give Your Pup A Proper Tick Check

Dog with man
As the winter approaches, now is the prime time that ticks are trying to stay warm. Most ticks will be active while the temperature is above freezing. They can be carriers of Lyme disease, which untreated can lead to kidney, nervous system, and heart problems in your dog. To ensure your dog’s health and safety, here are some easy tips to perform a tick check on your furry friend. Look for lumps, bumps, and any irritated areas of exposed skin. If the tick has already latched on, you will see a black or brown dot, which is the tick itself. Check the moistest areas of your dog. Ticks are drawn...

Seasonal Changes and Your Senior Dog

Dog in snow
As we roll into autumn, many humans experience some sort of mood shift due to plunging temperatures and pushing back the clocks. It’s the time of year with shorter days, colder temperatures and sometimes bouts of the winter blues. Sluggishness, or just a desire to do nothing and hunker down indoors, is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). No one knows for sure, but the same moodiness may affect your pet since we share much of the same chemistry in our brains. When darkness increases, the brain produces less serotonin (the happy chemical) and more melatonin (the sleep maker), so it is...

Top 5 Pet Safety Tips for HOWL-O-WEEN

Dog sniffing pumpkin
By Denise Fleck What is fun for us, is not always fun for our pets. Costumes distort human shapes making them scary. Loud noises make animals want to dart from the safety of their homes. Sweet treats for humans are potentially fatal to dogs and cats. Plan ahead. Look at this holiday from your pet’s point of view and practice these 5 Pet Safety Tips to ensure a Happy Howl-o-ween for all! 1) NO HOUDINI ACTS Keep an eye on pets at all times, but especially when Trick or Treaters come to call. Loud noises and open doors allow for escapes. To play it safe, walk dogs BEFORE it gets dark, so that...

Second-Hand Smoke Around Pets

Woman on beach smoking by dog
If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably considered the effect that your habit has on your family and loved ones. However, you may never have thought about the effect that second-hand smoke may have on your pets. Yet, if you live with cats, dogs or other animals inside your home, you could find that the smoke that your furry friends are breathing in could be causing them problems.

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