What Is Nose Work And How Can It Help Senior Dogs Stay Mentally Healthy?

What Is Nose Work And How Can It Help Senior Dogs Stay Mentally Healthy?

Your senior dog is past the days of jumping off docks and climbing up mountains, but that doesn’t mean their quality of life should be diminished. The key to keeping your senior dog mentally healthy and happy is getting them involved in something other than snoozing on the couch. Nose work is a canine sport that takes after training methods used for professional scent detection dogs. Every dog with a sense of smell has potential to join in and succeed. It keeps their brains working and their bodies moving, and it’s especially beneficial…continue reading →
Common Health Issues Senior Dogs Face During Different Seasons And What To Do

Common Health Issues Senior Dogs Face During Different Seasons And What To Do

Do you know what common health issues senior dogs face during different seasons? Senior dogs face some of the same health issues as younger dogs, but they also face a host of health issues that are less common in younger dogs. Here are some common health issues senior dogs face during different seasons and what to do about them. While many many common health issues senior dogs face occur year-round, some health issues are bigger problems in the summer months. Fleas And Ticks While fleas and ticks can be a problem around the…continue reading →
4 Reasons To Invest In A Quality Bed For Your Senior Dog

4 Reasons To Invest In A Quality Bed For Your Senior Dog

Your dog may typically sleep on the floor or a cheap dog bed, and that’s fine for younger dogs. Senior dogs need a little extra care to keep them healthy and happy. A high-quality dog bed can be a bit of an investment, but isn’t your fur child worth every penny when the extra money spent on a superior bed could help your dog have more quality time with you before they cross the rainbow bridge? Here are 4 reasons you should invest in a quality bed for your senior dog. #1 –…continue reading →
Georgia Shelter Celebrates ‘Adopt A Senior Pet Month’ With Waived Adoption Fees

Georgia Shelter Celebrates ‘Adopt A Senior Pet Month’ With Waived Adoption Fees

Advertisement November is for football and feasting, but it’s also about senior rescue pets looking for new homes. Shelters across the country spend the month of November celebrating their aging dogs and cats while promoting Adopt a Senior Pet Month. These are the pets that have graying fur and walk a little slower than their younger counterparts, but senior dogs and cats need good homes just as much as puppies and kittens. To celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Lawrenceville, GA is having a “gray snout special.” Green…continue reading →
Is Bone Broth is The Ultimate Superfood For Older Dogs?

Is Bone Broth is The Ultimate Superfood For Older Dogs?

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 is an easy and delicious way to give your older dog a power punch of nutrition and the calories she needs to keep her active and feeling great! Physicians and veterinarians have long hailed bone broth as a superfood, using it to help ease symptoms from many common ailments. Dr.…continue reading →
6 Ways An Orthopedic Bed Can Help Your Senior Dog

6 Ways An Orthopedic Bed Can Help Your Senior Dog

According to the National Sleep Foundation, dogs spend 50% of their day sleeping, 30% lounging around, and just 20% being active. As they enter their senior years, they require even more rest to be at their best. With so much time spent lying down, a sturdy, supportive bed is essential for reducing pain and ensuring optimal sleep. In addition to comfort and durability, high-quality orthopedic beds offer the following 6 benefits for aging pups: 1. They allow senior dogs to sleep more soundly. As many dogs age, they begin to have trouble sleeping through the…continue reading →
How 3D Printing Saved This Senior Dachshund

How 3D Printing Saved This Senior Dachshund

Advertisement Patches is a nine-year-old dachshund who recently underwent surgery to remove a huge tumor on her head. The tumor had grown to about the size of an orange – big for a dog her size. It was aggressive, and was beginning to make it’s way into Patches’ eye socket. Patches’ family was referred to veterinary surgical oncologist Michelle Oblak at the Ontario Veterinary College who, thanks to modern technology, was able to help. The surgery required the removal of both the tumor and part of Patches’ skull. In the past, the missing…continue reading →
Why Bone Broth is The Ultimate Superfood For Senior Dogs

Why Bone Broth is The Ultimate Superfood For Senior Dogs

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 is an easy and delicious way to give your older dog a power punch of nutrition and the calories she needs to keep her active and feeling great! Physicians and veterinarians have long hailed bone broth as a superfood, using it to help ease symptoms from or even treat…continue reading →
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 →