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Signs of Aging in Dogs

Is your dog aged six or older? If so, Fido may be near—or already in—his golden years. Dogs don’t all age at the same rate, however. Your pet’s breed will play a huge role in how and when he ages. Large dogs, like Great Danes, are generally considered seniors by age six. Smaller pooches, however, aren’t considered seniors until they are about ten. No matter what type of pup you have, it’s important to watch for signs of aging. A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet lists some of them below.

Confusion

Older dogs often get confused or forgetful. Fido may forget where his doggy bed is, or get ‘lost’ in the hall. He may also act disoriented and/or pace a lot. Or he just may not seem like himself. This type of behavior is often normal, but can sometimes be indicative of a specific medical issue, such as cognitive dysfunction syndrome, or, in other words, doggy dementia.

Lower Activity

As Fido ages, he will slowly lose interest in his toys, and spend more and more time napping. He may also become stiff and sore, and have trouble getting around, especially if he develops arthritis or hip dysplasia. Ramps or stairs can help dogs stay mobile, while supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, may help with bone/joint trouble.

Incontinence

Incontinence is not uncommon in older pups. (Never yell at your furry buddy for this: often dogs are very embarrassed by this issue.) If notice an increase in Fido’s urination, or if your pooch is straining to go, call your vet: these things may indicate kidney problems or UTIs.

Vision/Hearing Loss

Just like people, senior dogs sometimes have trouble with their ears and eyes. Fido may bump into things, for instance. Or, he may not hear you when you call him.

Other Issues

Some signs of aging are a bit more subtle. Dental problems, for example, are not unusual. These are often marked by bad breath, bleeding gums, and/or tartar build up. You may also notice skin issues, such as lumps and bumps, dry skin, or bald spots. Changes in weight are also quite common. If you see any of these symptoms, consult your vet immediately. Medicine, treatment, and/or dietary changes may help manage your beloved pet’s medical issues, and help keep him comfortable.

Please contact us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

Happy Healthy Cat Month

September is Happy Healthy Cat Month! Of course, we think kitties deserve to be happy and healthy all year long. That said, this is a great time to talk about Fluffy’s care needs. Here, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet offers tips on keeping cats healthy and purring.

Food

Good food is crucial to your furball’s health. Give your kitty the best cat food you can afford, but don’t overindulge her with fatty treats. If Fluffy becomes obese, she’ll be at risk for some very serious health problems!

Veterinary Care

Make sure your feline pal goes to the vet regularly. Fluffy should be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on her vaccinations, exams, and parasite control products. If you notice any signs of sickness in your kitty between appointments, schedule an emergency visit right away.

Kittyproofing

Kitties are basically furry, adorable, little bundles of mischief. They also have a knack for being very interested in playing with things that could be dangerous. Remove or secure anything that isn’t safe for your furball. This includes small or sharp items, toxic plants, medicine, chemicals, wires and cords, and plastic bags and wrappers.

Entertainment

We know, cats are very sleepy, but they still need ways to entertain themselves when they are awake. Offer your feline buddy lots of toys, and make sure she has at least one comfy window seat with a good view. It’s also important to play with your furry friend regularly. This will keep your kitty active, offer her beneficial mental stimulation, and help her feel loved and pampered.

Purrniture

Get Fluffy some things that were made to suit her needs. A cat tower is a great option, as it will offer your cute pet a napping spot, vantage point, and scratching post. Your furball will also appreciate having lots of beds, and perhaps a kitty tunnel or pet tent.

The Indoor Life

We strongly recommend keeping Fluffy indoors. Kitties are much safer as inside pets, where they aren’t threatened by cars, predators, or other hazards.

Facilities

Keep Fluffy’s litterbox clean! We recommend scooping daily and changing the litter weekly.

Love

Make sure your furry buddy feels loved. Talk to Fluffy, even if she doesn’t talk back, and offer her lots of ear scritches and attention. Kitty purrs are truly precious!

Please contact us, your local Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet clinic, for your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here for you!

Caring For a Shih Tzu

Did you know that Shih Tzus are one of the most popular dogs in Saskatchewan? These little guys are super cute, and have wonderful personalities. A local Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses Shih Tzu care in this article.

Basics

Shih Tzus are quite small, and usually don’t get much taller than about 10.5 inches. They weigh between 9-16 pounds, on average, and can live up to 18 years. That’s twice as long as some breeds!

History

Did you know that the name Shih Tzu means ‘little lion’? This may stem from an old myth about the Buddha. According to the legend, the Buddha—accompanied by his little Shih Tzu buddy—was attacked by robbers. Wanting to protect his human friend, the Shih Tzu turned into a lion, and chased the robbers away!

Temperament

You may know that different types of dogs were bred to perform specific jobs, such as hunting and herding. If these little guys had an official duty, it would simply to look adorable! Shih Tzus are very cuddly and affectionate, and love to snuggle up on their owners’ laps.

Grooming

Shih Tzus should be brushed and combed daily, as their fur tends to mat easily if not properly cared for. Tearstains are not uncommon in these little guys. This is in part because, being so little, they often get dust in their eyes. Use a wet cotton ball or face cloth to clean Fido’s eyes. You may also want to trim the fur near your pet’s eyes. Be very careful, and use only blunt-end scissors. Ear care is also important. Last but not least, be sure to take good care of your pup’s teeth. Shih Tzus can be prone to dental problems. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Health

While Saskatchewan isn’t exactly known for having a sweltering climate, we do have the occasional heat wave. Hot weather can be very dangerous to these little guys! Make sure Fido always has shade and fresh water when temperatures rise.

Training

Just like any other dog, Shih Tzus need proper training to make good pets. These cute pups can be hard to housebreak. Be patient and consistent, and don’t let your pooch develop any bad habits. Crate training is recommended, as it can really help with housebreaking.

Do you have questions about caring for a Shih Tzu? Contact us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pet hospital, today!