Dogs and Leptospirosis A disease potentially harmful to dogs, leptospirosis is caused by a bacterium called Leptospira interrogans. Omni-present in the environment because it’s borne by numerous animals, including rats and skunks, raccoons, feral cats and domestic livestock, the organism is carried in their kidneys and excreted through their urine. Dogs will often contract the disease by swimming in stagnant water or by drinking from contaminated puddles of water. Known to ex
How many times have we humans heard the expression, “You’re only as old as you feel”? And why is it that some days, despite our actual age, we feel younger than we are, while other days, we feel older, much older? So it is with our canine companions. What constitutes a senior in one breed may be an adult in another – with plenty of room for peppiness in both. Although most veterinarians agree that a dog is considered “senior” around the age of 7, what matters more is the size
When Your Dog Goes Missing Sometimes, even the most closely watched dogs can escape from the safest of homes. If this happens to your precious pet, the following suggestions should, hopefully, help reunite you. But first, if your dog isn’t microchipped, update the information on his ID tag. If it’s worn out, order a new one – the best is steel and slides onto the collar itself. Inscribe it with two telephone numbers plus area code and your street address including city and st
Has your senior dog been drinking a lot more water recently, and having to urinate more frequently? Has he begun losing weight despite being hungrier than usual and wanting to eat all the time? If so, your dog may have diabetes. While the exact cause of diabetes is unknown, genetics, autoimmune disease, obesity, chronic pancreatitis, certain medications, and abnormal protein deposits in the pancreas can play a major role in the development of the disease. The most common form
As dogs change from adults into seniors, behavioral changes are sure to follow. Because of this, protective pet parents must become proactive pet parents to ensure their cherished companions receive the extra care they require.
For senior dogs without a specific disease or injury, these are some of the most common behaviors associated with their overall physical and cognitive decline:
Confusion and disorientation: Many dogs may appear lost or confused in familiar surroundin
Blindness in Senior Dogs There are many causes of blindness in older dogs including cataracts and cancer, untreated infections and glaucoma, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and the most tragic of conditions, Suddenly Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS) with total blindness occurring over a few days to several weeks. It’s vital for your elderly dog to have regular visits (at least every 6-to-9 months) with his veterinarian, as the sooner the condition is detected