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How to Help a Senior Cat Adapt to Life in a New Home

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Margaret Slaby loves animals, so for a time she worked in animal care at a shelter in Monterey County, California. But after two and a half years, she had to call it quits. “I saw a lot of older cats didn’t make it out of the shelter simply because they were older, and it just […]

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New Family? How To Help A Senior Dog Adapt

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Last year my husband and I did something incredibly rewarding: adopted a senior pet. We wondered if Peach, a little 8-year-old Poodle rescued as a stray, would find it challenging to adapt to life in a new home with us and our Labrador Retriever mix, Rio. But the adoption coordinator suggested I feed Peach canned […]

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Pets Plus Seniors Equals Happiness

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Reading Time: 4 minutes When Robert Hampton recently moved into the Brookdale Memory Care Center in Dallas, his wife, Marilyn, knew exactly what he needed to boost his spirits and to encourage him to be social with other residents. She brought in four friendly cats from a local pet rescue group into her husband’s room and said, “Pick one.” […]

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Can Fear Free Strategies Help When Your Cat Is Dying?

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Reading Time: 3 minutes We dread the deaths of our beloved cats, and every death is different. We may or may not get notice; we may or may not have time to say goodbye. Assuming there is time to say goodbye, what can we do to make an already stressful and possibly dreaded process as calm and meaningful as […]

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Senior Pets Have Special Anesthesia Needs

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Feeling a little more tired as you age? A little out of breath? The same is likely true for your aging dog or cat. The fact is that organs change with age, and those changes can affect not only day-to-day activities, but also the way our pets respond to anesthesia. Changes related to aging can […]

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12 Tips To Caring For Your Senior Dog’s Coat

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Your elderly canine friend might be a little grumpy about being brushed as she ages. Here are some tips to keep grooming sessions stress-free while taking a few extra steps to ensure her day-to-day comfort. Keep Sessions Short Older dogs may not be able to stand comfortably for more than a few minutes at a […]

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Does Your Old Dog Need A Young Friend?

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Reading Time: 3 minutes You love your golden oldie canine more than anything, but your relationship has changed. He’s not as active as he used to be, and your days of jogging or hiking with him are in the past. Maybe a puppy would revitalize him and give you a new exercise partner. Before you move ahead with that […]

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Make Your Garden Friendly for Senior Pets

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Reading Time: 3 minutes No matter the size of your garden, it’s an area for the whole family to enjoy, and that includes the family dog. By adding a few dog-friendly features to create special canine areas, you can make it more enjoyable for your dog, especially if he is a senior, to be outside and spend quality time […]

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Cats Dogs Other Senior Pets Veterinary Care

Hospice Care: What to Know About Quality of Life

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Reading Time: 2 minutes The goal of hospice is to ensure your dog’s health, comfort, and happiness. Those three elements comprise quality of life: your dog’s physical, mental and social wellbeing. “The philosophy of maintaining quality of life at the end of life honors the human-animal bond,” says Alice Villalobos, DVM, a veterinary oncologist who is considered the godmother […]

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5 Ways To Help Your Cat Remain Comfortable In Old Age

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Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’re lucky, your cat will live to a ripe old age. These days, it’s not uncommon for cats to live to be anywhere from 16 to 20 years old. And while it’s great to have our beloved kitties around for that long, it also means we will see them struggle with the challenges of […]