Articles: old dogs

Saving One Dog with Mitral Valve Heart Disease, Now Hope for More Dogs

Bet this interview from my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show is a preview of a book. Here’s an amazing story of what this pet journalist Kim Thornton did for her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Harper, with mitral valve heart disease. After a previous Cavalier was diagnosed with mitral-valve disease, common in the breed,…

Children Helping Old Dogs, Grey Muzzle Organization

Meet some especially caring kids who not only love their own dogs, but also have a special place in their hearts for homeless old dogs. For the third year consecutive year, these compassionate kids raised money to make life sweeter for at-risk senior dogs helped through non-profit Grey Muzzle Organization grants. Third graders in Ms. Swanson’s class at…

Grey Muzzle Organization

Most dogs in shelters and rescues are older, and still the most challenging to adopt. Lisa Lunghofer is the executive director of the Grey Muzzle Organization, which provides grants to non-profits to support senior dog adoptions and rescues. I speak with Lisa on my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. It’s true these older dogs are…
Contest for old dogs, Grey Muzzle Organization

Why We Love Old Dogs Contest

November is a special month – it’s Adopt a Senior Dog Month, and celebration with Why We Love Old Dogs contest The Grey Muzzle Organization is all about saving older dogs, supporting adoption of these dogs who in nearly all cases have done nothing wrong. However, because of their age – it’s often a particular…

Treatment and Care of Veterinary Geriatric Patient

Dr. Mary Gardner has a love affair with old dogs and skinny old cats, and she is the co-editor of Treatment and Care of the Veterinary Geriatric Patient, an extraordinarily helpful book, because at some point we are all caring for an older pet. On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Dr. Gardner…

Treating Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Older dogs have older brains, and as our dogs are generally living longer, there’s an increased risk of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome, which is nearly identical to Alzheimer’s in people. In fact, as veterinary behaviorist Dr. Valarie Tynes points out, cognitive decline in dogs is so similar to cognitive decline in people, researchers are using…

Signs of Cognitive Changes in Aging Dogs and What to Do

Check out what veterinary behaviorist Dr. Gary Landsberg has to say about aging pets and cognitive dysfunction. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio. The secret, according to Dr. Landsberg, is to not wait until you actually see signs of cognitive aging. Preventive or early management is best. He says, “If you see…

Geriatric Pets and the Fountain of Youth

Dr. Mary Gardner is in the Lap of Love, speaking about geriatric pets on nationally syndicated Steve Dale’s Pet World – you can listen HERE. This begins with defining what a geriatric pet even is…how old is geriatric? The answer depends on species (cats vs. dog vs. Amazon parrot), and also for dogs, the size…

Special Soul Available For You

Finding homes for homeless animals is never a slam dunk. Anna Johnson of Chicago Canine Rescue delivered King into the WGN studio, an 8 year old dog who had done nothing wrong. Who knows why the previous family left him a big malnourished, literally tied to the shelter door. Steve Cochran on WGN Radio  and the entire WGN…

Dogs with Arthritis, Canine Athletes, Senior Dogs & Rehab: 2013 Sports Medicine Conference

Q: We just adopted a Lab-mix from a shelter. We lost our other dog, also a Lab-mix, about 6 months ago at age 14. For the last two years of her life, she was increasingly hobbled up. Is there any way to prevent debilitating arthritis, aside from a dog not living long enough to get…

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