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The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs: Everything You Need to Know for a Happy & Healthy Companion by Diane Morgan; Wayne Hunthausen, D.V.M., Consulting Veterinary Editor

Whether you’ve watched your lively youngster gradually slow down over the years or whether you adopted an older dog from the start, living with a senior presents a special set of challenges. In fact, geriatric dogs often experience physical and behavioral changes that can be detrimental to their well-being and decrease their overall quality of life. Is it possible to prevent or manage these effects of aging in a canine? How can you prolong your senior’s life without compromising its quality? Perhaps most importantly, how can you help your beloved friend age with grace and dignity?

The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs will answer these questions and teach you how to manage age-related changes, apply preventive care techniques, and promote wellness in your older dog. This book also features:

  • nutrition plans for the aging canine
  • reward-based training refresher courses
  • solutions to age-related problem behaviors
  • extensive coverage of a variety of health conditions affecting senior dogs
  • tips on how to help prevent common signs of aging
  • advice on how to handle end-of-life issues

Your dog’s golden years are a gift to be treasured and appreciated. This guide to living well will help you and your senior make the most of them!

About the Author:

Diane Morgan is an assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. She has authored numerous books on canine care and nutrition and has also written many breed books, horse books, and books on Eastern philosophy and religion. Diane lives in Williamsport, Maryland with several dogs, three of whom are seniors, two cats, some fish, and a couple of humans.

Wayne Hunthausen, D.V.M., consulting veterinary editor and pet behavior consultant, is the director of Animal Behavior Consultations in the Kansas City area and currently serves on the Practitioner Board for Veterinary Medicine and the Behavior Advisory Board for Veterinary Forum.

Book Excerpt on:Diet

A good diet is essential to your senior’s wellness. Older dogs who are less active need fewer calories; however, because they don’t absorb nutrients as well as younger dogs do, the foods they do eat need to be extremely nourishing and of high quality. The golden years are no time to fill up on junk food. Your job is to supply a healthy diet with top-notch ingredients that give your dog’s body what it needs.

Some older dogs become progressively more picky as they age, possibly because their senses of smell and taste are failing; others seem to want to eat anything. Both of these conditions could be normal, but both also could be a sign of a disease condition. If your dog’s eating habits change, talk to your veterinarian.

Obesity is a major problem in dogs but is also completely preventable. Keep close tabs on your dog’s weight, and not only because a trim dog is a healthy dog. Unexplained weight gain or weight loss may be the first sign of disease.

If you need to change your dog’s diet, do so gradually, because the digestive systems of older dogs respond poorly to sudden changes. Increase the amount of new food gradually over a period of about a week or so.

Excerpt from The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs ©TFH Publications, Inc.

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