6 Tips for Aging Gracefully

Senior Lab MixAging gracefully seems to come easier to pets than it does to people. Senior cats and dogs tend to complain less about the aches and pains, even though they have as much trouble getting up in the morning as we do. They get the creaky knees and sensitive bellies, just like we do. The cognitive issues creep up, slowly but surely. Knowing what I know, having had a few senior pets pass through my life, these are the bits of advice I want to share to help make your pets’ later years their best years.

  1. Keep the weight off: This seems so simple, but it’s possibly the most important thing you can do for your pets. The benefits go beyond just the physical. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight not only helps the joints and organ systems, preventing illness, but also helps your pet stay more active, which slows down mental and physical aging issues. Diet and exercise combined are key to helping your pet be more comfortable as an advanced adult.

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Learning New Tricks... At Any Age

KaydenWhen we first met Kayden (right) as sanctuary volunteers in the spring of 2011, the rescue guessed that he was full grown at (probably) a little over a year old. Fast forward 5 months to when we picked him up at an airport cargo bay to finalize his out-of-state adoption. He’d grown. A lot. He was no longer a 40 lb pocket Pittie, but a 60 lb whopper of a dog, more the size of a Pointer. We hadn’t seen him in so long that it was quite surprising when we realized we’d adopted not only a large dog, but a dog that was a bit younger than we thought.

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Guest Post: Pet First Aid Tips from Dr. Rex Riggs

Pet First AidIn an effort to make things safer for both pet and pet parent, we asked Dr. Rex Riggs what points about first aid he would most want to share with his clients. While some of his reminders may seem like common sense, it’s good to have these as mental notes in the event that you’re in an emergency situation.

Safety First When It Comes To First Aid

The first tenet of first aid for your pet is safety, for your pet and for you. Animals in distress will act with fear and no matter how much they love you, and how much you love them, they will bite and scratch. They are put in a flight or fight mentality. I have seen many clients who have sustained serious injury trying to help an injured animal. So be careful!

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December is Pet First Aid Month

Pet First AidI’ve had my share of cats and dogs, and while I definitely have a strong relationship with my vet, I like to try to do as much of my pet care as I can at home. It’s not just about the money, because, of course, Embrace is chipping in on the vet bills. It’s really about keeping the stress on my pet to a minimum. If I can apply pressure with a little gauze and an ace bandage in my living room, it spares Kayden the trauma of a ride to urgent care and unnerving wait in the vet’s office. And he can still get a cookie from me when it’s all over, just as he would get from the person in scrubs.

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Podcast: Pet Nutrition Fact and Fiction

In a world full of fad diets and million dollar advertising campaigns, how are you supposed to sift through the filler to find the right food for your pet?

This month, Dr. Patrick Mahaney and Laura Bennett dive into the world of pet nutrition and help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to what to feed your pet. Here's what they'll cover:

  • Do the foods that tout added nutrients for things like joint health really help my dog?
  • What's the difference when a food is specially for seniors or puppies? Is it really valuable to switch foods as your pet ages?
  • What are the best budget-conscious options for dogs with food allergies?
  • If a dog will only eat once a day, is that a problem? Should he be eating more, smaller meals?
  • Do cats really need wet food?
  • What can you do to help an obese cat lose weight?

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