The first age-related loss I noted was that I could no longer hear the crackle of a packet of dog treats being opened. Then when Mum and I went to the beach. The waves crashed silently and seagulls whispered. Mum watches me trying to find her in the house by using my nose and looking in rooms and under the bed since before I’d never hesitate to come rushing to wherever she was. I’m amazed that peak hour traffic down our street is now purely a visual experience.
This loss is normal and cannot be prevented. No-one is yet making doggie hearing aids so I guess this is my life from now on. I asked Mum “why, if they can replace people’s worn out legs with artificial ones why can’t they give me a new ear?” Mum replied,” It is much more complicated KoKo, the ear has millions of little-specialised cells which can’t be easily imitated.
The second kind of loss hit my bouncy jumping. I now take a moment to assess the height of something I am jumping u or down from. My elbows a bit arthritic but nothing too bad yet. The vet can help with tablets while an animal physio could help with hydrotherapy or special joint exercises.
Staying warm and cosy during the colder months
Please Protect our older elbows and haunches by providing us mature dog with a comfortable bed in a protected area. A good bed makes it easier to get out of in the morning.
Making dinner time easy
Elevated feeders or pet bowls make eating and drinking more comfortable if I have a sore back or hips.
Stepping it up with ease
Are steps becoming a problem at your place? Consider installing a ramp or adding middle steps. There are various DIY products which can assist and are not necessarily expensive. If your pet is a regular car traveller you can also purchase ready-made pet ramps which simply hook on to the rear of a car (wagon) when required.