Covers wellness, nutrition, and socialization
Keep your dog happy and healthy through the golden years
Senior dogs are special creatures with special needs.
This friendly guide provides reassuring, positive advice on handling the physical and emotional issues involved in caring for your beloved companion. You'll see how aging affects your dog, how to cope with common ailments, and what you can do to help your senior live a joyful, high-quality life.
Praise for Senior Dogs For Dummies
"The book is a resource that will enhance life both for senior dogs and for the humans who love them."
- Teri Goodman, Coordinator, The Senior Dogs Project, www.srdogs.com
"A dog who has lived his lifetime with you is a precious jewel to be loved and treasured. Susan has captured that spirit."
- Liz Palika, author of Purebred Rescue Dog Adoption
Discover how to:
• Meet your senior's dietary needs
• Safely exercise your senior
• Manage health costs
• Teach an older dog new tricks
• Gain inspiration from stories about super senior dogs
About the Author
Susan McCullough writes about all things dog for media outlets all over the United States. Her credits include Family Circle, The Washington Post, Modern Maturity, AKC Family Dog, AKC Gazette, ASPCA Animal Watch, Cornell University’s DogWatch, Animal Fair, PetLife, Healthy Pet, The Dog Daily, and Popular Dogs. She’s also the author of Housetraining For Dummies (Wiley, 2002) and Your New Dog (Capital Books, 2003).
Susan belongs to the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA), Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She’s a two-time winner of the DWAA Maxwell award for excellence in writing about dogs and won the 2001 Eukanuba Canine Health Award for outstanding writing about canine health.
Table of Contents
Part I: Loving and Living with Your Senior.
Chapter 1: Defining Seniorhood: To Each His Own.
Chapter 2: Feeding for Health and Fitness.
Chapter 3: Staying on the Move: Exercising Your Senior.
Chapter 4: Boosting Your Senior’s Social Savvy.
Part II: Knowing What to Expect.
Chapter 5: Staying Healthy.
Chapter 6: Having Accidents.
Chapter 7: Going Blind or Deaf.
Chapter 8: Losing Mobility.
Part III: Dealing with Diseases.
Chapter 9: Knowing When Your Dog’s in Trouble.
Chapter 10: Understanding Common Senior-Dog Ailments.
Chapter 11: Coping with Canine Cancer.
Chapter 12: Addressing the Bottom Line.
Part IV: Bidding a Fond Farewell.
Chapter 13: Preparing to Say Goodbye.
Chapter 14: Knowing When It’s Time.
Chapter 15: Coping with Your Loss.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Reasons to Appreciate Your Senior Dog.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Lengthen Your Senior Dog’s Life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the first time I have had an older dog. I have had Maggie for 14 1/2 years and didn't really understand her latest behaviors. Thanks to this book I can go back to being understanding and much more patient with her. bookloverSM