I am so lucky having an elderly Collie, my sweetheart Little Heike-mother is when I write this more than 14 years young.
There are a lot of things you can do to make your wonderful elderly dog more comfortable.
A - Of course you will give you dog a checkup at your veterinarian at least once a year with blood tests and urine test and an overall check. If you should notice anything different with your dog between checkups, like problems with appetite, weight loss, behavior etc etc – then of course you take your dog for a check again.
B – It’s extremely important to give your dog a healthy and
nutrition food. I have used home cooked and/or raw food for all of
my Collies for decades.
Here you can read what I feed my Collies : nutrition
It’s also important to keep your dog slim. It’s hard for their joints
and mobility if they are obese. Give your dog Cosequin and
extra Omega 3 if he/she has joint problems. Should your dog be
obese get help from your veterinarian to put up a diet
C – Exercise is extremely important.
This also helps them maintain a healthy body weight.
In the summer it’s great to let them swim – a fantastic
form of exercise. My Collies are swimming in the sea
the whole summer every year. As they get older it can
be hard for them to keep up when you are hiking and
maybe have other dogs too. I have found that a bike
and carriage are great for my elderly lady. She is with
us on all hiking’s, but can relax in the carriage many
times when she feels for it.
D – Don’t forget the teeth, to take care of your dog’s teeth is extremely
important. Tooth ache and dental disease is very painful, and make it difficult
to eat. Start at an early age to brush your pups teeth.
If you are clever at taking care of their teeth you probably won’t get your
E – It’s absolutely normal that your elderly dog hear and see a bit poorer. Then it’s important to make sure there are no dangerous objects where they walk, and you might use a babygate in front of stairs etc. And don’t forget a dog can live perfectly fine with a poorer eyesight and hearing, you just have to be a bit more careful. A senior that have vison loss from cataracts, might with surgery reverse the problem.
F – Your elderly dog might develop arthritis or other
type of joint problems, that make it harder for them to
get around. A ramp – you can make yourself – can be used
for them getting in the car or the sofa/bed etc. I can
absolutely recommend “Back-On-Track” blanket for a
senior to lay on (have a thick soft blanket under the
“Back-On-Track”). Make sure their bed are soft to relieve
pressure on the joints. Hydrotherapy and massage can be
effective. Supplements as Cosequin and C-vitamins can be
used. Please do NOT use Rimadyl as a painkiller – it’s not
just a painkiller it might kill your dog at the same time
just as Rimadyl killed my wonderful Collie Sammie – Read her story here
G – Do not forget to give your senior dog mental stimulation.
Let them visit new places, your pet will benefit by being exposed
to new sights, sounds, and smells. Learn them new tricks.
My Little Heike-mother learned to find chanterelles in an
age of 14 year and 5 months. You can give them
This will keep their minds and body working.
Read about my senior learning to find Chanterelles : here
H – And of course you should cuddle them a lot, tell them many
times a day that you love them, physical contact is extremely important. Be with your senior as often as you can – you will never regret.
Different things you can do at home : if you have a slippery floor
– use baby sock with anti-slip on them (use velcro to prevent them
from falling off) – this can help them from slipping.
Have a rug in front of the waterbowl to prevent your senior
And when you are out hiking – use a “Back-on-Track” frock on them to prevent them from getting cold back and joints.
Enjoy your senior, these days are so precious.
In my wildest imagination I would never have thought that Little Heike-mother would end her life (be killed) because of an incompetent veterinarian
Little Heike-mother was born april 20 2002 - and in the end was killed by her veterinarian january 10 2017.
read more : here
Little Heike-mother got acute paralysis in her hind legs. What did the veterinarian do ?
No x-ray, no referring to a CT or MR.
Nooooooo, this incompetent veterinarian gave Little Heike-mother acupuncture/laser nothing else.
I do wonder if this veterinarian is worse than a quack