Grey Matters Blog celebrates senior dogs and provides a resource for the people who care for them. It draws upon the wealth of knowledge and experience with senior dogs offered by The Grey Muzzle Organization community. Our contributors will share articles on senior dog care, as well as relevant news, success stories from our grantee organizations, and more.
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As dogs get older and a little stiffer, their owners often wonder what options exist to help their pets. Physical therapy, also called “canine rehabilitation,” is one way to help older dogs stay active and mobile. This article will help you decide whether your dog might benefit from physical therapy.
When our dogs become seniors, they start slowing down. These changes often come with age, but they also can be signs of conditions that might benefit from treatment. Here are symptoms, treatment options, and ways to prevent (or at least slow down) the progression of some of the top three common health issues with our geriatric pets.
Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing nerve stress caused by distortions in the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine. This nerve stress can cause physical and emotional malfunction and is associated with loss of energy, pain, weakness, neurologic issues and disease of all types. Animal chiropractic is a broadening of human chiropractic with techniques developed to be able to treat animals.
Adding a new senior dog to your home is exciting and fulfilling, but initially it may mean big changes for your new dog. This article from Grey Muzzle's Caring for Your Senior Dog discusses what you should expect when you first bring your older dog home , and offers tips for helping your new family member adjust.
If you are like most people, you will eventually decide to get another dog after your dog passes on. This is a personal decision and one that should be made very carefully and the entire family should be involved. The best time to commit to a new relationship is different for everyone, but this article offers advice what to consider when making it.
Shirley Zindler, an animal control officer and author of The Secret Life of Dog Catchers , was asked to tell us about the senior dogs she meets in her work. In this post, she describes the joy of being able to help find homes for dogs - especially senior dogs, and tells the story of one such dog, named Hilda.