If you’ve enjoyed the company of your dog for seven or more years — or you’ve adopted a senior dog — then it’s time to pay close attention to his safety and health. Here is how you and your dog can enjoy his senior years together.

Develop a Closer Working Relationship With Your Vet

Just like puppies are more prone to certain health issues such as worms, older dogs are more likely to need help with problems such as joint disease, diabetes, cancer or weakness. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends semiannual checkups for your senior dog.

Pay Attention to Diet

Older dogs sometimes experience trouble digesting foods they once enjoyed. As he grows older, you might also find he is less active, thus requiring less caloric intake. Monitoring calorie intake is important because gaining too much weight can cascade into other problems or make existing issues worse. Consider changing to a dog food formulated for senior pets, and schedule an emergency checkup immediately if you notice your dog won’t eat or drink.

Make Home Comfy and Safe

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Congratulations to Lauren Porter of the University of Southern Maine!

Lauren is the winner of the Havahart® Wireless Fall 2015 $500 Scholarship Contest!

Here’s Lauren’s winning essay which answers the following question:

“What is the hardest decision you’ve had to make regarding your pet’s care and wellbeing? How did you come to a decision?”

“There’s been an accident, and Mollie is hurt.” The words echoed out of my mother’s mouth, and I feel to my knees sobbing, “Is she going to die?! Is she going to die?!”

Mollie, my fun-loving and crazy Goldendoodle, was just five years old when my dad was in a car accident involving three cars. One after another hit a patch of black ice and crashed into each other. Mollie was thrown into the dashboard twice. After the force of the accidents, her injured body fell to the floor, where she lay, whimpering and unable to move.

My dad immediately ran to the vet across the street. “My dog was in that accident! Please help!” The veterinarians ran out with a stretcher and carefully took Mollie out of the car. We … Read Entire Post

Dog eating

Have you ever wondered if your dog gets bored eating the same food everyday? Even if you’ve never given your favorite furry friend a morsel or two from the dinner table, it must get awfully dull, eating a diet comprised of the same flavors, day in and day out. You can remedy this situation on November 1st by celebrating Cook for Your Dog Day!

Pros and Cons

There are several reasons why cooking for your dog is a great idea. For example:

  • It’s not as hard as you think. Foods such as eggs, plain yogurt, fruits, vegetables and canned pink salmon are all easy to serve and readily available. Canned pumpkin is great, too!
  • You probably have food you can use already. Although you should avoid giving your dog foods that are high in salt or refined sugars, what’s on your plate may already be a suitable choice.
  • You’ll know what you’re feeding him. If you’re like many pet parents, you’ve probably heard contradictory stories about which foods are “good” and which are “bad.” When you feed your pet food you have in your
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