Articles: old dogs

Your Pet Might Make the Grey Muzzle Calendar

The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide. The intent is to support foster and adoption into forever homes of elder dogs, who are almost aways in a precarious position – though they have done nothing…

Senior Pets and Cognitive Dysfunction; Fire Safety and Saving Cats in a Fire on WGN Radio

Listen HERE as I begin my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show explaining that the fire safety bill I created with State Representative Diane Pappas should be signed anytime now by Governor J.B. Pritzker. Illinois will be the first state in the country to provide protections for animals in shelters, as a fire alarm system…

Why is this Old Dog Spraying?

Q: I am a senior who adopted a senior dog almost two years ago. Auggie insists on marking one of my couches. I have sprayed it with a mark no more product to no avail. I take him for walks regularly and he always goes. I am at my wits end as to what to…

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…

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