This Weird Looking Toy Will Be Your Dog’s Best Friend on a Rainy Day

This Weird Looking Toy Will Be Your Dog’s Best Friend on a Rainy Day

Has your pup ever been frustrated by boredom on a rainy day? Or maybe you didn’t quite have enough time for a long walk, and they need to burn some energy? If so, the concept of canine nose work is something you and your pup will love. What Is Nose Work? The term “nose work” was created to define the professional canine scent detection training activity translated to pet dogs. It’s an easy-to-learn, fun activity to engage in with your pet and has even become a competitive sport. Nose work can help build…continue reading →
Is My Dog A Senior? How To Determine A Dog’s Real Age

Is My Dog A Senior? How To Determine A Dog’s Real Age

Determining a dog’s real age is far more complicated than simply multiplying by seven for every “human” year. According to veterinarians and researchers, size and breed both play major roles in canine aging. From tiny Teacup Poodles to giant Great Danes; there simply cannot be a one-size-fits-all calculation for the entire species. A study led by Dr. Kate Creevy of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine found that while small dogs have the aging advantage later in life, they age faster in the first two years. On the other hand, very large dogs can…continue reading →

Senior Sweetie Celebrates 15th Birthday Like A Queen!

Advertisement Every girl deserves to have at least one day to feel special. Like she’s the most important dog in the world! Lupita Conchita, a senior Chihuahua from Corpus Christi, Texas had her day this summer. The sassy Chi celebrated her (almost) 15th birthday with loved ones and other pups at her very own Quincenera! Photo:@meeggan_ via Twitter Doting owner Miranda Sanchez invited friends, family and pups, then decorated with glittery streamers and pink paper flowers, and decked out the birthday girl in her very own tiara and gown purchased from a local…continue reading →

Senior Chihuahua Finds Best Friend/Ride In His Golden Years

Advertisement It might have taken him 15 years, but senior Chihuahua Tito found a best friend who was worth the wait! When Tito’s owner was hospitalized, he found himself in the care of a shelter in New Jersey. This wasn’t his first time homeless, but at the age of 15, it was likely to be his last. The kind people at Wise Animal Rescue were determined to bring his health up to par and make him comfortable – particularly Adoption Foster Coordinator Kristina Helfer. She fell in love with the tiny boy’s grey…continue reading →

Woman Creates Stunning Memorial Quilt Using Her Dearly Departed Dogs’ Scarves

Advertisement The sorrow that we feel when we lose a pet can seem never-ending. But we often find comfort in the memories they leave with us for the rest of our lives. Rosalie Steiner recently shared the memories she has of her four passed Schnauzers with iHeartDogs, and the quilt she made in their honor. Photo: Rosalie Steiner “All of my boys were rescues. Scruffy and Rascal were brothers and the only two from a litter of seven that remained at the Seneca County Humane Society,” Steiner explained. “Scooby was a Schnauzer/Black Lab…continue reading →
7 Reasons to Give Your 7+ Year Old Dog Turmeric

7 Reasons to Give Your 7+ Year Old Dog Turmeric

Odds are, you’ve heard about the benefits of turmeric for both people and pets. And while turmeric would likely benefit dogs of any age, its benefits are particularly pronounced for senior pets. Turmeric (or Indian saffron) is the spice that gives curry it’s yellow color. Veterinary approved supplements for dogs often contain Curcumin – the active ingredient in Turmeric – because it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Researchers and nutritionists are singing its praises as a medicinally effective herb for the mind and body of both people and pets. There is…continue reading →
4 Reasons Senior Dog Owners Are Flocking to CBD Oil

4 Reasons Senior Dog Owners Are Flocking to CBD Oil

CBD oil from hemp is a medicinal herb many senior dog owners are looking into. In fact, its one of the most talked about topics in our 70,000 member senior dog community on Facebook. The benefits of CBD oil are reaching more dogs every day. Here are a few reasons why senior dog owners are choosing it for their pets. 1. CBD May Offer Significant Benefits To Brain Health In Aging Dogs CBD has shown the ability to support normal cellular function and promote healthy aging through mitochondrial support. In addition, CBD is…continue reading →
6 Reasons To Spoil Your Older Dog with Coconut Oil

6 Reasons To Spoil Your Older Dog with Coconut Oil

Have you heard the buzz about coconut oil? While its popularity has recently exploded for human use, it may also benefit our pooches! Coconut oil is composed primarily of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), also known as good fats. MCTs are metabolized quickly, so they’re a great source of energy. Keeping in mind that you should always talk to your vet before changing your dog’s diet, here are 7 reasons to give coconut oil to your older dog. #1 – It can improve itchy dry skin Coconut oil, especially when used topically, helps improve…continue reading →
Making Memories: Every Senior Dog Owner Should Do This!

Making Memories: Every Senior Dog Owner Should Do This!

Here at iHeartDogs, we’re passionate about senior dogs. After all, our organization was inspired by a now senior rescued Siberian Husky. In the video below, you’ll hear me introduce a big new initiative all about making memories with our senior pups. If you’d like to learn more about Pawp Shop, and creating an unforgettable masterpiece of your senior, please visit here. Below you can see more examples of some of the artwork we’ve already created.  There’s quite a few different options available, including wood, metal, or canvas prints. There’s also 3 unique art…continue reading →
How To Train A Senior Dog

How To Train A Senior Dog

Advertisement Your shoes are safer around a senior dog than they are a puppy, and most older dogs have long-since mastered basic obedience. But that doesn’t mean training is no longer important. Old age doesn’t stop a dog from learning new tricks, and continued training is a big part of maintaining mental and physical health. There’s also the fact that senior dogs aren’t perfect, and training can help fend off problem behaviors. Whether you’ve loved your dog since they were a pup or recently adopted them from a shelter, here’s what to know about…continue reading →

6 Reasons Your Senior Dog May Be Slowing Down

Advertisement Depending on size and breed, dogs generally become seniors when they are 7 – 9 years old. While “slowing down” can certainly be a part of the natural aging process, it may also be a sign of something more serious. If your older dog seems excessively lethargic, see your veterinarian to rule out the following problems. 1. Pain/Arthritis Arthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting older dogs. Painful, inflamed joints cause many seniors to sit on the sidelines when they’d rather be playing. Before you chalk it up to normal…continue reading →

How To Get The Most From Your Senior Dog’s Vet Appointment

Advertisement As our dogs age, their health needs and problems change, too. As your dog approaches his senior years, vet visits are likely to change as a result. Each vet visit is an opportunity to find out how your dog’s health is doing and how you can help him live for many more healthy, happy years. It does take a little bit of preparation, but we’re here to help you get the most from your senior dog’s vet appointment. When you make the appointment, ask if you should do or bring anything. You…continue reading →
5 Things People Should Give Their Senior Dogs To Make Them Happier And Healthier

5 Things People Should Give Their Senior Dogs To Make Them Happier And Healthier

Aging is difficult, whether you’re human or canine. Luckily, we live in a day and age where there are plenty of products to help our furry kids feel better as they age. At what age is a dog considered “senior,” anyway? It depends on your dog’s size and breed. On average, dogs are considered seniors at 7. Giant breed dogs are considered seniors at the age of 6. Toy breeds may not be considered senior until they reach 10 years old. Of course, these are just general guidelines, and if your dog has any…continue reading →
How To Prepare Your Home For A Senior Dog

How To Prepare Your Home For A Senior Dog

Advertisement Whether your dog is approaching his senior years or you’re bringing a senior dog into your home for the first time, senior dogs require more planning and preparation than other dogs to keep them healthy, happy, and safe. A senior dog is one who is considered to be in the last quarter of his life. For large and giant breeds, this could be as young as 6. For smaller dogs, that may not be until age 10-12. Either way, senior dogs have different needs than younger dogs.  While you could probably wing…continue reading →
9 Things Senior Dogs Know That Young Pups Don’t

9 Things Senior Dogs Know That Young Pups Don’t

Advertisement Your aging dog might not be as endearingly silly or as sprightly as they were when they were young, but your love for them is stronger than ever. Senior dogs hold special places in our hearts, and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve had them since puppyhood or you recently adopted them from a shelter. Their years on this earth have earned them a special kind of intelligence that puppies simply can’t compete with. Here are the top nine lessons your senior dog knows that puppies haven’t figured out yet. Photo by superloop…continue reading →
The 5 Most Popular Anti-Aging Supplements for Dogs

The 5 Most Popular Anti-Aging Supplements for Dogs

As our dogs age, they undergo many of the same changes as humans. Their metabolism slows, potentially causing weight gain; the cartilage in their joints breaks down leading to osteoarthritis; their delicate immune systems become more susceptible to disease; and many experience the heartbreaking symptoms of canine dementia. While we cannot stop time, we can help slow its effects with the right combination of diet, exercise, preventive veterinary care and high-quality supplements. The following five supplements are among the most commonly recommended for aging and senior dogs. 1. Omega Fatty Acids Omega-3 and…continue reading →
What Is “Fospice” & Why Should You Get Involved?

What Is “Fospice” & Why Should You Get Involved?

Advertisement Fostering an elderly or terminally ill dog is not a decision to be made lightly. It is often stressful, sometimes messy, and ultimately heart-wrenching. But it is also one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.  According to the ASPCA’s Comprehesive Animal Risk Database System, the adoption rate for senior dogs is lower than that of all other ages combined. Just 25% of senior shelter dogs find homes, and the odds are even worse for dogs with life-shortening health problems. To combat these harsh statistics, more shelters and rescue groups are…continue reading →
Man Honors Late Dog By Rescuing A Senior Pup… Now He Has A Whole Pack!

Man Honors Late Dog By Rescuing A Senior Pup… Now He Has A Whole Pack!

Advertisement ‘Steve Greig, who lives in Colorado and works as a full-time accountant, knew that the only way to recover from the loss of a dear old furry friend was to give another one a loving home. Little did he know that this act of love would grow into something much bigger! As a child, Greig’s parents taught him to love all animals.  “I grew up with a lot of pets,” he told The Dodo. “Both my parents were animal lovers and they pretty much always let me have whatever I wanted as…continue reading →
10 Ways To Spoil The Living Daylights Out of Your Senior Dog

10 Ways To Spoil The Living Daylights Out of Your Senior Dog

They say the older they get, the sweeter they become. We agree! There’s nothing quite like the love of a senior dog. Here’s 10 ways to make sure they feel our love in return. #1 Frequent, Short Walks Just because your dog is aging doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a good walk. And while they likely can’t cover the distance they did years ago, they always appreciate time by your side, even if its just a stroll down the block. If your dog has trouble getting around, consider pulling them in a padded…continue reading →
Senior Dog Who’s Called A “Burden” Escapes Euthanasia & Finally Finds A Loving Family

Senior Dog Who’s Called A “Burden” Escapes Euthanasia & Finally Finds A Loving Family

Coco is living proof that it is never too late to find your bliss! This 12-year-old cutie was picked up by animal services and brought to LifeLine Animal Project‘s Fulton County shelter an astonishing six times in one year! Finally, her owner had enough. He threatened to euthanize Coco. Photo c/o LifeLine Animal Project  “The last time she came in, her owner told us that she was a burden and he was going to have her euthanized by his vet,” LifeLine Animal Project’s Public Relations Director, Karen Hirsch told iHeartDogs. “We all had fallen…continue reading →
5 Herbs, Plants, & Spices For Soothing Your Dog’s Aging Joints

5 Herbs, Plants, & Spices For Soothing Your Dog’s Aging Joints

We love our dogs from puppyhood into their golden years, and we want to help ease them into this life stage with as much health and comfort as possible. Just like us, our pups’ joints get stiff and achey as they age, but unlike us, our dogs can’t reach for the pain relievers or supplements themselves. It’s a natural and inevitable part of life, and our dogs depend on us to take care of them and give them everything they need for their entire lives. While our pooches can’t pop a pill to…continue reading →
Is Your Dog Suffering From Elbow Calluses? Here’s What You Need To Know & How You Can Help!

Is Your Dog Suffering From Elbow Calluses? Here’s What You Need To Know & How You Can Help!

Advertisement Having a large dogs means bigger cuddles, bigger kisses, and unfortunately, a predisposition for elbow calluses. While these patches of dry, rough skin are typically harmless, some dogs experience itching, cracking, bleeding, and may even develop painful ulcers and infections. Sometimes referred to as pressure sores, elbow calluses form as a result of the dog’s body weight repeatedly pressing the limb against a hard surface like wood flooring, tile or concrete. Despite their unsightly appearance, these calluses do serve a purpose. They mainly develop on the elbows, but can also form on the…continue reading →
Bucket List Buddies Are Making Their Last Days On Earth Worth Every Second

Bucket List Buddies Are Making Their Last Days On Earth Worth Every Second

Advertisement Hearing bad news is devastating, but it always helps to have a friend by your side. Two dogs, a Golden Retriever named Buckeye and a Bulldog named Harley Bruiser, both received the worst news possible; they only had a few months to live. Cancer is quickly taking over their bodies, but their respective families are determined to make their last months at home the best they’ve ever had. They’ve put together bucket lists for the dogs, and the two buddies are spending their days doing exactly what they love—and the best part…continue reading →

6 Signs Your Dog Would Benefit From A Daily Joint Supplement

Advertisement There’s no step-by-step guide on how to ensure your pup lives a long and happy life, and it’s up to you to make decisions for their well-being. You have the support of your veterinarian and other pet professionals, but every question from what training technique to use to how often to trim their toenails is ultimately up to you. It’s a lot of pressure, but deciding whether or not your dog will benefit from a daily joint supplement doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. Nothing can substitute advice from…continue reading →
8 Things Your Senior Dog Will Thank You For Doing

8 Things Your Senior Dog Will Thank You For Doing

As our dogs age, their bodies change and their needs will start to differ. While they’ll always be our baby puppies, our senior dogs are going to have some special needs. They become more sensitive physically and mentally, their bodies and minds start to change, and they will need some extra help living out their golden years in happiness and health. If you’re wondering how you can make life better for your aging pup, consider these tips. #1 – More Beds Senior dogs generally spend more time sleeping than their younger selves, so…continue reading →
How To Take Care Of Your Senior Dog’s Teeth

How To Take Care Of Your Senior Dog’s Teeth

Did you know that 80% of dogs will have some form of periodontal (gum) disease by the age of 2? That number certainly won’t improve as your dog ages. Dogs are five times more likely than humans to develop gum disease, and that can lead to a whole host of problems. Your senior dog isn’t just at risk of developing problems like mouth abscesses, tooth loss, and even a fractured jaw, but they are also at risk of developing heart, lung, and kidney problems! The fact is that dental health is crucial to…continue reading →
5 Great Tips For Fighting Your Senior Dog’s Hearing Loss

5 Great Tips For Fighting Your Senior Dog’s Hearing Loss

One day your dog is running around with typical puppy playfulness, and the next you’re contemplating the fact you now have a “senior” living in your home. Canine aging can happen quickly, and as with humans, the process isn’t always easy. Getting older means a few more grey hairs on their muzzle and shorter walks to accommodate achy joints, and for some dogs, it also means hearing loss. As their body ages, the nerves in their ears can degrade. This leads to gradual hearing loss and deafness. The reality that your senior dog…continue reading →
10 Tips For Easing Your Senior Dog’s Skin Irritation

10 Tips For Easing Your Senior Dog’s Skin Irritation

Does your senior dog suffer from skin irritation? You would do anything to help him feel better, but maybe you’re at a loss as to what you should try next. Obviously, any chronic problems should be addressed with your vet, but if you’re looking for some more natural remedies to help your dog feel better, one or more of the following things may help. Some of these are external applications and some are to help the problem from the inside out, so you can try more than one thing on this list in…continue reading →
A Guide To Creating The Ultimate Bucket List For Your Aging Senior Dog

A Guide To Creating The Ultimate Bucket List For Your Aging Senior Dog

Facing the mortality of our senior dogs is a heartbreaking reality that inspires many loving paw-rents to create bucket lists on their behalf. While embarking on a final journey with your gray-muzzled best friend is a beautiful sentiment, be careful not to confuse the experiences you want to give your dog with the experiences your dog wants to have with you. When planning the perfect doggy bucket list, it’s normal to imagine grand adventures and wish for limitless possibilities, but our dogs’ dreams are far more simple. An ideal day for them involves…continue reading →
I Spoke To A Woman Who Has Fostered 36 Elderly And Neglected Dogs In The Space Of Three Years

I Spoke To A Woman Who Has Fostered 36 Elderly And Neglected Dogs In The Space Of Three Years

51-year-old Carla Whiting volunteers for a no-kill animal shelter called Last Chance Hotel. Her role in the charity is to provide a temporary (or in some cases permanent) home for dogs that have, for one reason or another, been dumped in a pound. If it wasn’t for Carla, these dogs would be put to sleep rather than finding a new home, but unfortunately, this is still the reality for a huge number of dogs that find themselves without homes. Show Full Text I spoke to Carla about the dogs she currently cares for…continue reading →
How Gentle Stretches Can Help Your Senior Dog Stay More Limber

How Gentle Stretches Can Help Your Senior Dog Stay More Limber

Dogs suffer from stiff joints, soreness, and general bodily pain alongside the best of us. Unlike the human members of the family, however, their struggle usually goes unnoticed. The good news is, there’s an easy way you can help your senior dog ward off pain and feel younger and healthier. Stretching is great for both people and pets. People often underestimate the benefits, but making a daily effort to gently extend and exercise your dog’s muscles will do them a lot of good. Photo by Caleb Stokes on Unsplash Stretching Benefits for Senior…continue reading →
The Bone Broth Trend: Why Are So Many Owners Giving It To Their Older Dogs?

The Bone Broth Trend: Why Are So Many Owners Giving It To Their Older Dogs?

Recently we ran a poll in our 50,000+ Member iHeartSeniorDogs Facebook group asking the following question, “Have you ever given your senior dog bone broth?”  We were surprised to find that 30% of our group’s respondents answered yes. What is behind the bone broth trend? What Our Senior Dogs Lack As our dogs age their appetites may begin to wane due to dental soreness, arthritis pain or decreased activity. Seniors that don’t take in adequate levels of essential nutrients like amino acids, potassium, zinc, and calcium are at a higher risk for illness. Bone broth…continue reading →
Noticing Your Senior Dog Is Experiencing More Skin Issues? This Can Help

Noticing Your Senior Dog Is Experiencing More Skin Issues? This Can Help

The effects of aging can wear down your senior dog, but dedicated dog owners are choosing a popular supplement to keep their pups living happy and healthy. Omega fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties paired with natural healing qualities that make them an essential part of a dog’s nutrition. Senior dogs often suffer from skin issues including hair loss and itching. The older they get, the more serious skin problems are and the more frequently they bring your dog down. Omega fatty acids are proven to help stave off those skin-related symptoms of aging.…continue reading →

20 Home Remedies For Your Dog’s Stiff & Aching Joints

Advertisement Has your dog started to slow down as he’s gotten older? If it takes him a little longer to get out of bed in the morning or if he’s sluggish on walks, he may be suffering from stiff, achy, and possibly arthritic joints. Is it really necessary to put him on a vet-prescribed medicine, or are there things you can do for your dog or provide in his diet that might help ease the pain in his joints? While you should still get a diagnosis from your vet to rule out more…continue reading →

5 Tips For Calming Your Anxious Senior Dog While You’re Away

Separation anxiety is common in dogs, and can develop or worsen as they age. Pup parents may be especially surprised if their once-calm companion starts stressing out in their senior years, even if they never seemed to have a problem before. Older dogs may become more dependent on their owners as their joints stiffen and their senses start to dull, leading to nervousness while they’re all alone. They may also become more sensitive to changes in schedule or begin showing signs of cognitive dysfunction, so any unpredicted outings may cause more distress than…continue reading →
Top 4 Tips For Avoiding Dementia In Your Senior Dog

Top 4 Tips For Avoiding Dementia In Your Senior Dog

As dogs age, their muzzles grow grey, their bodies slow down, and some are at risk of developing dementia. Also referred to as canine senility or Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), dementia is a condition that can cause stress, anxiety, confusion, and puts a dog’s safety at risk. It’s heartbreaking to watch a senior dog suffer from the effects of dementia, but it’s a painful reality everyone who loves an aging dog needs to prepare for. The exact cause of dementia in dogs is unknown, but many veterinary professionals agree it has something to…continue reading →

The 12 Best Toys For Senior Dogs

Advertisement While senior dogs don’t need as much exercise as puppies, it is still very important that they remain active. Regular play sessions get the blood flowing to the joints, which can alleviate pain and slow the progression of arthritis. Playing also helps prevent weight gain as the metabolism slows, and keeps your senior’s brain active, helping to stave off dementia! Besides, just because your pooch is aging, doesn’t mean he can’t still enjoy a good toy! Whether your old pal loves to chase a ball, catch a frisbee, snuggle a plushie, chew…continue reading →
The Top 5 Issues Affecting Senior Dogs According To Our Survey & What Owners Can Do

The Top 5 Issues Affecting Senior Dogs According To Our Survey & What Owners Can Do

Earlier this month, we shared a poll on our iHeartSeniorDogs Facebook page to identify the most common health problems facing older dogs. Five ailments stood out overwhelmingly above the rest: joint pain, hearing loss, skin allergies, vision loss, and dental problems. It’s heartbreaking to see your best friends suffer, so read on to find out how you can improve their quality of life when it comes to these issues! 1. Joint Pain/Arthritis More than 1,000 responders noted that their senior dogs struggle with the painful effects of arthritic joints. The aging process causes…continue reading →

4 Simple Ways To Help Your Obese Senior Dog To Shed Weight

Advertisement As we get older we rest more, exercise less, and our bodies lose shape. It happens to the best of us – our dogs included. Your dog may look comfy in his new, softer body, but that doesn’t mean that he is, and extra weight comes with extra issues. Dogs who are overweight are more likely to suffer from cardiac disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer – things that senior dogs are already more at risk for than younger pups. That’s why it’s especially important to keep your older pal trim, active, and…continue reading →
How To Choose A Bed For Your Senior Dog & Help Him Get The Best Rest Possible

How To Choose A Bed For Your Senior Dog & Help Him Get The Best Rest Possible

Advertisement As your dog enters his golden years, you’ll notice that his naps become longer and more frequent. The average dog needs 10 hours of sleep a day, but our senior dogs require even more, and it’s very important that he gets all of it. A lack of sleep can negatively affect a dog’s mood, memory, and concentration. According to Dr. Jennifer Coates at PetMD, “If your dog seems grumpy, forgetful, disoriented, or has difficulty concentrating or performing his usual tasks, sleep deprivation is one possible diagnosis.” Senior dogs tend to slow down…continue reading →