Complete Care for Your Aging Dog

Complete Care for Your Aging Dog

by Amy Shojai

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Overview

AWARD-WINNING DOG CARE!

Today, dogs live much longer lives--thanks to advances in veterinary technology. But older dogs have special needs and require extra emotional support, nutritional help, and medical care. A longer life also means more dogs develop age-related conditions such as kidney issues, arthritis, cancer, stroke, senility and diabetes--all of which can be successfully managed with your loving assistance. Learn:

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

Different life spans and concerns for different breeds

Filled with heartwarming stories of "golden oldies," and the latest in geriatric veterinary care, age-defying tips, and comprehensive reference materials, this is the definitive "Old Dog Bible"
to turn back the clock on canine aging. Keep your senior dogs vital, happy, and active!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944423261
Publisher: Furry Muse Publications
Publication date: 02/22/2017
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 924,417
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introductionxix
Using This Bookxxi
Part 1How Dogs Age
Chapter 1Defining "Old"3
Benefits of Senior Pets5
What to Expect7
Insurance and Care Plans12
Quality of Life16
Treatment Advice17
Golden Moments: Collie Love19
Chapter 2The Aging Process22
How Age Affects The Body24
The Senses24
Aging Eyes25
Aging Ears25
Aging Taste26
Aging Nose27
Golden Moments: Led by the Nose28
Bones and Muscles30
Digestion30
Aging Teeth31
Aging Stomach and Intestines31
Aging Pancreas and Liver32
Endocrine System--Hormones33
Heart and Lungs34
Immunity35
Nerves36
Aging Mind37
Reproduction38
Skin and Hair39
Urinary System39
Golden Moments: Thinking Young41
Chapter 3L.O.V.E. for Health43
Listen with Your Heart43
Observe for Changes: Home Health Alerts45
Behavior Cues45
Body Warnings47
Visit the Veterinarian: Well-Pet Exams48
Screening Tests49
Enrich the Environment51
Nutrition51
Exercise54
Physical Therapy56
Golden Moments: A Decade of Flying High!59
Grooming61
Accommodations62
Exercising the Mind64
Golden Moments: Feeling Important65
Chapter 4Nursing Care67
Care Considerations67
Pain Management68
Golden Moments: Kramer's Legacy70
Owner Attention73
Restraint73
Medication76
Fluid Therapy81
Nutritional Support82
Wound and Bandage Maintenance84
Chapter 5Advanced-Care Options87
Veterinary Specialists87
Geriatric Research89
Nutrition Research90
Food Restriction91
Antioxidants--Vitamin Age-Protection92
Brain Research93
Drug Research95
Herbal Options95
Pain Management96
Acupuncture98
Golden Moments: Loving Andy99
Surgery102
Golden Moments: Care from the Heart103
Chapter 6Making Choices106
The Final Gift107
Preparing for the End108
Talking to Children109
Right Time, Right Place110
Understanding Euthanasia111
Validating Grief112
Honoring the Memory115
Part 2A-To-Z Health Concerns
Arthritis119
Nonsurgical Treatment121
Weight Control122
Exercise122
Medication122
Neutraceuticals124
Acupuncture126
Surgical Treatment126
Total Hip Replacement127
Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)128
Total Elbow Replacement128
Joint "Washout"129
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)129
Joint Fusion130
Arthroscopic Joint Capsule Shrinkage131
Golden Moments: Smiles for Hawk131
Back Problems135
Treating Injury136
Degenerative Disease137
Golden Moments: Free-Wheeling Willy139
Blindness142
Accommodations143
Golden Moments: Love After Dark144
Brain Tumors146
Treatment147
Cancer149
Diagnosis150
Treatment151
Surgery152
Radiation153
Chemotherapy154
Other Options155
Nutrition155
Alternative Therapies156
Prognosis157
Golden Moments: Scout's Lucky Break158
Cataracts161
Treatment162
Golden Moments: Gambling on Heidi163
Constipation167
Treatment168
Cushing's Disease170
Treatment171
Deafness173
Accommodations174
Hearing Aids175
Golden Moments: Tazzy's Reawakening176
Dental Disease179
Treatment181
Prevention183
Diabetes Mellitus186
Treatment187
Golden Moments: Heidi Sticks It Out189
Dry Eye193
Treatment193
Glaucoma195
Treatment196
Heart Disease198
Diagnosis199
Treatment200
Golden Moments: Saving Zoe201
Kidney Failure205
Treatment206
Hemodialysis208
Transplants209
Golden Moments: A Doozer of a Dog209
Liver Disease212
Diagnosis213
Treatment214
Obesity216
Diagnosis218
Treatment219
Senility222
Treatment224
New Frontiers226
Stroke228
Diagnosis228
Treatment229
Urinary Incontinence231
Treatment232
Part 3Additional Resources
Appendix ASenior-Care Directory237
Veterinary Schools and Bereavement Hot Lines237
Web Sites and E-mail Lists243
Further Reading246
Insurance and Care Plans247
Foods for Seniors249
Product Sources for Seniors250
Appendix BHome Medicine Chest254
Appendix CGlossary256
Appendix DExpert Sources262
Index267

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