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TEACH YOUR OLD DOG NEW TRICKS-AND GIVE HIM THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE

The good news is that dogs are living much longer lives-thanks to advances in veterinary technology. But older dogs do have special needs and require additional emotional support, nutritional help, and medical care. A longer life also means more dogs suffer age-related conditions such as kidney problems, arthritis, cancer, stroke, senility and diabetes-all of which can be successfully managed with your loving ...

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Overview

TEACH YOUR OLD DOG NEW TRICKS-AND GIVE HIM THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE

The good news is that dogs are living much longer lives-thanks to advances in veterinary technology. But older dogs do have special needs and require additional emotional support, nutritional help, and medical care. A longer life also means more dogs suffer age-related conditions such as kidney problems, arthritis, cancer, stroke, senility and diabetes-all of which can be successfully managed with your loving assistance. In this revised and updated edition, pet expert Amy Shojai explains:

• How to entice your aging dog to exercise both body and mind
• What changes to expect-what's normal and what are warning signs
• Which over-the-counter medications you should keep on hand
• Tips for choosing the right products and food
• How to provide nursing care at home
• Different life spans and concerns for different breeds

Winner, DWAA's Maxwell Medallion
Best Care & Health Book

Filled with heartwarming stories, the latest developments in geriatric veterinary care, age-defing tips, and comprehensive reference materials, this is the definitive "Old Dog Bible" to turning back the clock on aging-and keeping senior dogs vital, happy, and active throughout their golden years.

"Far from just an awesome reference text....
Shojai uses stirring stories to illustrate important points and writes with
A well-seasoned mix of knowledge and love."
--Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian, The Dr. Oz Show

AMY SHOJAI, CABC is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, and the award-winning author of nearly two-dozen nonfiction pet books including Complete Kitten Care and Complete Care for Your Aging Cat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935712350
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/14/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 699,915
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy D. Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a spokesperson for Purina, and the award-winning author of more than a dozen nonfiction pet books. She frequently speaks to groups on pet-related issues, and appears regularly on national radio as well as television.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix
Using This Book xxi
Part 1 How Dogs Age
Chapter 1 Defining "Old" 3
Benefits of Senior Pets 5
What to Expect 7
Insurance and Care Plans 12
Quality of Life 16
Treatment Advice 17
Golden Moments: Collie Love 19
Chapter 2 The Aging Process 22
How Age Affects The Body 24
The Senses 24
Aging Eyes 25
Aging Ears 25
Aging Taste 26
Aging Nose 27
Golden Moments: Led by the Nose 28
Bones and Muscles 30
Digestion 30
Aging Teeth 31
Aging Stomach and Intestines 31
Aging Pancreas and Liver 32
Endocrine System--Hormones 33
Heart and Lungs 34
Immunity 35
Nerves 36
Aging Mind 37
Reproduction 38
Skin and Hair 39
Urinary System 39
Golden Moments: Thinking Young 41
Chapter 3 L.O.V.E. for Health 43
Listen with Your Heart 43
Observe for Changes: Home Health Alerts 45
Behavior Cues 45
Body Warnings 47
Visit the Veterinarian: Well-Pet Exams 48
Screening Tests 49
Enrich the Environment 51
Nutrition 51
Exercise 54
Physical Therapy 56
Golden Moments: A Decade of Flying High! 59
Grooming 61
Accommodations 62
Exercising the Mind 64
Golden Moments: Feeling Important 65
Chapter 4 Nursing Care 67
Care Considerations 67
Pain Management 68
Golden Moments: Kramer's Legacy 70
Owner Attention 73
Restraint 73
Medication 76
Fluid Therapy 81
Nutritional Support 82
Wound and Bandage Maintenance 84
Chapter 5 Advanced-Care Options 87
Veterinary Specialists 87
Geriatric Research 89
Nutrition Research 90
Food Restriction 91
Antioxidants--Vitamin Age-Protection 92
Brain Research 93
Drug Research 95
Herbal Options 95
Pain Management 96
Acupuncture 98
Golden Moments: Loving Andy 99
Surgery 102
Golden Moments: Care from the Heart 103
Chapter 6 Making Choices 106
The Final Gift 107
Preparing for the End 108
Talking to Children 109
Right Time, Right Place 110
Understanding Euthanasia 111
Validating Grief 112
Honoring the Memory 115
Part 2 A-To-Z Health Concerns
Arthritis 119
Nonsurgical Treatment 121
Weight Control 122
Exercise 122
Medication 122
Neutraceuticals 124
Acupuncture 126
Surgical Treatment 126
Total Hip Replacement 127
Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) 128
Total Elbow Replacement 128
Joint "Washout" 129
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) 129
Joint Fusion 130
Arthroscopic Joint Capsule Shrinkage 131
Golden Moments: Smiles for Hawk 131
Back Problems 135
Treating Injury 136
Degenerative Disease 137
Golden Moments: Free-Wheeling Willy 139
Blindness 142
Accommodations 143
Golden Moments: Love After Dark 144
Brain Tumors 146
Treatment 147
Cancer 149
Diagnosis 150
Treatment 151
Surgery 152
Radiation 153
Chemotherapy 154
Other Options 155
Nutrition 155
Alternative Therapies 156
Prognosis 157
Golden Moments: Scout's Lucky Break 158
Cataracts 161
Treatment 162
Golden Moments: Gambling on Heidi 163
Constipation 167
Treatment 168
Cushing's Disease 170
Treatment 171
Deafness 173
Accommodations 174
Hearing Aids 175
Golden Moments: Tazzy's Reawakening 176
Dental Disease 179
Treatment 181
Prevention 183
Diabetes Mellitus 186
Treatment 187
Golden Moments: Heidi Sticks It Out 189
Dry Eye 193
Treatment 193
Glaucoma 195
Treatment 196
Heart Disease 198
Diagnosis 199
Treatment 200
Golden Moments: Saving Zoe 201
Kidney Failure 205
Treatment 206
Hemodialysis 208
Transplants 209
Golden Moments: A Doozer of a Dog 209
Liver Disease 212
Diagnosis 213
Treatment 214
Obesity 216
Diagnosis 218
Treatment 219
Senility 222
Treatment 224
New Frontiers 226
Stroke 228
Diagnosis 228
Treatment 229
Urinary Incontinence 231
Treatment 232
Part 3 Additional Resources
Appendix A Senior-Care Directory 237
Veterinary Schools and Bereavement Hot Lines 237
Web Sites and E-mail Lists 243
Further Reading 246
Insurance and Care Plans 247
Foods for Seniors 249
Product Sources for Seniors 250
Appendix B Home Medicine Chest 254
Appendix C Glossary 256
Appendix D Expert Sources 262
Index 267
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