Old Dog, New Tricks: 7 Simple Ways to Care for an Aging Dog

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Those Grays and Whites
By the time your pup has gone from a full face of black fur to a mostly white and gray profile, he will be more likely to get many diseases commonly associated ... more 
Photo by: Babble
Those Grays and Whites
By the time your pup has gone from a full face of black fur to a mostly white and gray profile, he will be more likely to get many diseases commonly associated with elderly people, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, senility, and joint-bone disease. Be on the lookout for the signs.
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Tue, Mar 26, 2013 3:18 PM EDT
Six years ago, my family adopted a dog, and learned that she had been abandoned by her elderly owner who had fed her all day long. At nearly 20 pounds, with dirty, long fur, she was a sight. We immediately realized that she had been abused as she was insanely afraid of everything and everyone; even scratching your hair would cause her to yell out in fear. Today, Hayley is a clean, slimmed down, and spoiled little girl. Lately however, she has been having issues with her legs and has a touch of arthritis. Our vet guesses she is anywhere from 9-11 years old, which puts her in the geriatric category. Along with a newly volatile stomach, she sleeps a lot, and is acquiring a bunch of moles and growths. Caring for an older dog is very different from raising a pup. From our experience, here are 7 tips to help you care for your older dog and help him be as comfortable as he possibly can be: - By Danielle Sullivan



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