I never had a dog when I was growing up, and I thought I didn’t want one, especially years ago when I had a harried household of three young sons and a husband. However, the guys outnumbered me during the debate about accepting the “free” lab/chow puppy from my brother 15 Christmases ago.
My husband claims I am now a dog person; I just know I am fiercely loyal to our beloved Cookie. Our previously healthy dog has contracted several ailments as she ages (and let me say I can relate to her pains.) I’m realizing how similar the aging process is for people and dogs.
Like people there are variables involved in the aging process of dogs. Average-sized dogs are considered seniors at 7-years-old, very large dogs are seniors at age 5 and small dogs possibly not until 10. Here are some ways to have healthy and happy old dogs:
D – Disorientation
I – alteration in Interactions with family
S – Sleep-wake cycle and activity level changes
H – House soiling