Senior Pet Health Month Wrap Up

Jake with ball As October approaches, I thought it would be fun to share some of the great articles that have been written on senior pets this month. Here are some of my finds:

Over at the Daley's Dog Years blog (tips, tales and tools for senior dog life), here's a senior dog book review “Good Old Dog” Guide Focuses On Your Senior Dog’s Health And Happiness.

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Guest Post: Letting Her Lead by Christine Gillow

We're big fans of Christine Gillow over at her blog Raising Ruby. She wrote a lovely post about her older dog Kiva interacting with her service puppy trainee, which I loved, so she kindly agreed to write a shorter companion piece to share with the Embrace readers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I first read it.


The other day, my friend Tamara tweeted a touching little story that I was lucky enough to catch:

"Saw something special on my way to work this am—an elderly golden retriever walking with her mom. Mom was very patient with her slow walk. I thought, now that is a lovely relationship."

The vignette made me smile. My friend's words immediately brought to mind the relationship I have with my old dog, Kiva, and how willingly she adjusts her stride to mine.

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Embrace wins NorthCoast99 Award second year in a row

NC99-Winner The reason why we get such great customer reviews is because of our Embracers.

Yes, we have a great product. Yes, we have a great website. Yes, we are open and honest. But really, the Embrace Experience is not just a concept, it's the people that make all of that happen.

The way you are treated when you call in. The way we admit to mistakes and how we fix them. The way we love your pets too. All of which come from the Embrace Core Values and the Embracers that live them.

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Claim Example: hyperadrenocorticism or Cushings Disease in 9 year old dog

Lexington-AmyScott-whitelabmix I was doing a quick survey of costly conditions in older dogs (older cat conditions coming soon) and Peggy, a 9 year old mixed breed dog living in Portland, OR, caught my eye.

Peggy has hyperadrenocorticism, also known as Cushings Disease, which is more common in middle-aged and senior dogs. Cushings is a disease where the adrenal gland produces too much cortisol, most often caused by a tumor in the pituitary or adrenal glands. It is suspected to be somewhat genetic as certain breeds such as Miniature Poodles, Dachshunds, Boxers, Boston Terriers, and Beagles are more susceptible to the condition.

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Guest Post: Senior Pet Health Tips

I'm delighted to introduce you to Dr. Patrick Mahaney, a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist who focuses on integrative veterinary medicine. We recently met at Blogpaws and I loved his fresh approach to veterinary medicine.

Since our theme this month is senior pets, Dr. Mahaney's first guest post discusses his top senior pet health tips, all of which I wholeheartedly agree with, having cared for a senior cat with health issues in recent years. Over to Dr. Mahaney...


IMG_1867 When is your pet considered a senior? No simple answer applies to every cat, dog, or other companion animal, yet I consider pets having achieved seven to nine years of age to have entered the realm of senior living. If you follow the conventional consideration that one pet year equals seven human years, a seven to nine year old pet falls between the ages of 49 to 63.

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