How to Take Care of Elderly Dogs

As your dog grows older, routine health maintenance tasks become more important and must be done more frequently. For example, senior pooches tend to need more baths than younger ones, because their skin’s natural oils and resistance to bacteria aren’t as efficient. Nails need trimming more often because the dogs are less active and thus don’t file them down as they walk or run. A life-time of wear and tear leaves teeth and gums more vulnerable. The incidence of many ailments ranging from tumors to diabetes increases with age. 


There are also emotional changes. Some pooches might become quiet and withdrawn; others might grow more dependent and clingy.


Allot more time to a senior pooch. Extra TLC boosts morale and helps ease aches and pains. Also, your diligent care and watchfulness can mean early detection of many maladies, thus bringing more successful treatment and better health for your best friend. 

 

Suggested by Your Adopted Dog

Healthy Dog Food Recipe (Tuna Steak and Potatoes)

Tuna is very healthy for dogs in a regulated amount, as it’s rich in muscle-building protein and omega-3 fatty acids and low in fat. Because it has higher mercury levels than other types of fish, your dog shouldn’t have tuna every day, but a few times a month is fine. Tuna steaks can be expensive, too, so this is a meal make sporadically. When I can find tuna steaks on sale, I buy them in bulk and freeze them. If you can’t find tuna steak, you can substitute canned tuna, but be sure to buy tuna packed in water and not in oil.

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This recipe makes 4 servings for a 50-pound dog.
¼ pounds tuna steak,
¼ cup (2 ounces) chopped beef heart,
2 cups diced red potatoes, skin on,
¼ cup canned pure pumpkin.

Step 1. In a large pot, cover the tuna with water and set over medium-high heat. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tuna is cooked through. Drain and set the tuna aside to cool.
Step 2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook them for 20 minutes, or until they are soft. Drain and set them aside to cool.
Step 3. Once the tuna is cooled, cut it into bite-size pieces or coarsely chop it in a food processor. 

To Make One Serving
11/3 cups cooked  tuna,
1 tablespoon chopped beaf heart,
½ cup cooked potatoes,
1 tablespoon canned pure pumpkin.

In your dog’s bowl, combine the tuna, potatoes, beef heart, and pumpkin. Refer to the feeding chart at previous post here, and adjust according to your dog’s weight. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

by Christine M. Filardi 

Checklist for Your Pooch’s Lifetime Health (Life begins after you bring her home)

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Vaccinations

Regular Vet Checkups

Home Health Checks and Maintenance

-Ears.Smell your dog’s ears when they’re healthy so that you can recognize throttle when they are not. the order should not be unpleasant or yeasty.

-Eyes. They should look clear, free of redness, swelling, or excessive drainage or mucus.

-Teeth and Gums.Brush your dog’s teeth and give her safe chewing opportunities every day or at least a few times a week. Get to know how your dog’s mouth looks and smells normally.

-Nails.Check Frequently for splits and tears. Keep nails trimmed to near the quick line.

-Paws and Paw Pads.Check frequently for wounds, foxtails, and thorns.Don’t forget the webbing between the toes. 

-Limbs and Tail.Keep an eye out for limping or for biting or licking at the limbs or tail. 

-Whole body. Once a week or so, perform an all-over checkLightly massage your pooch from nose to tail, feeling for lumps, swelling, soreness, or sensitivity.

-Skin and Coat. Know your dog’s odor. If it changes or becomes unpleasant, , bathe her more often. A persistent bad odor could indicate a health problem.

-Bathing. Most dogs need a bath once or twice a month. Some have oilier or allergy prone skin that needs bathing more often.

-Parasite Control. Use the flea and tick abatement regularly and thoroughly.

-Brushing and Clipping.Most dogs love to be brushed. and it cuts down on shedding, which means less vacuuming.Brushing prevents matted fur, helps air out the skin and coat, spreads beneficial natural oils, and stimulates the dog’s blood circulation. 

-Anal Sacs.Dogs have a pair of tiny glands in “anal sacs” on the exterior of the anus that make smelly secretions.If your pooch often “scoots,” dragging her bottom along the floor, frequently licks her anus, or emits a pungently foul odor from that vicinity. 

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What Your Dog Can’t Eat?

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When you cook for your dog, remember these ingredients can not added into the meal or treat. 

  • Grapes or Raisins, can cause life-threatening renal failure in dogs. Even a very small amount can be toxic. 
  • Alcohol. A dog’s liver cannot metabolize alcohol and even a small amount can be very toxic. 
  • Chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine, something dogs cannot process like humans can and which is therefore harmful.
  • Citrus. Citrus fruits and other products can cause gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. 
  • Seasoned Meats. Meat spices used to enhance flavors, such as onion powder, can be very toxic to dogs as they are often loaded with preservatives and artificial ingredients. 
  • Coffee and Grounds. Like Alcohol, caffeine-even in small amounts-can be toxic to dogs and adversely affect their central nervous system. This includes caffeine found in energy drinks, tea, coffee, chocolate, and coffee grounds. 
  • Avocados. The leaves, bark, and fruit of avocados contain persin, which is toxic to dogs. 
  • Sugar. Just like it does to us, sugar spikes a dog’s blood-sugar levels and offers no nutritional value for them, so it should be avoided. 
  • Grease. Consumption of excess fatty grease from high-fat-content foods can cause diarrhea and vomiting. 
  • Cooked Bones. I feed my dogs raw marrow bones all the time, as they’re excellent for their teeth and very nutritious. Never give your dog a cooked bone, however, since they can splinter and puncture the digestive system if swallowed. 
  • Macadamia Nuts. When even just a few are consumed, dogs can have a toxic reaction and experience an elevated heart rate, vomiting, and muscle tremors. 
  • Onions. The oils in onions contain an antioxidant that negatively affects hemoglobin in dogs’ red blood cells. 
  • Persimmons. The seeds in these fruits can cause inflammation in the intestines. 
  • Rawhide. Rawhide treats are loaded with preservatives and additives and can be highly indigestible to dogs. They can also be a choking hazard. 
  • Soy. Soy is not  readily digested by dogs and can cause gas and bloating. 

Suggested by HOME COOKING FOR YOUR DOG.

Is Commercial Food Good Enough for Your Dog?

Commercial dog food has been consumed for 100 years and probably it is what your dog eats now. But do you know these commercial foods don’t include essential ingredients such as organ meat, or other grain and animal by-products? You might be shocked by what commercial pet food made of. Many commercial pet foods include by-products like hair, tissue, feathers, and other animal parts deemed non-consumable for humans. Many commercial dog foods are also spayed with added fat to make the kibble more palatable for our pets. No wonder our dogs are now overweight. 

Many commercial pet foods are loaded with additives and unlisted preservatives that extend shelf life and keep fat from going rancid. Common preservatives include BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin. All of these can cause serious health issues in our pets. Unhealthy additives like food coloring, sweeteners, texturizers, and fats are often used to make the food more appealing to dogs and enhance taste and appearance. By law, however, not all preservatives have to be listed on the label, such as the ones added by companies supplying the raw ingredients to the food manufacturers. 

The dirty little secret of the pet food industry is that a significant amount of the by-products come from animals that are categorized as dead, dying, diseased, or disabled at slaughter. Slaughterhouses will sell what they can’t sell for human consumption to pet food companies to use in pet food, and the pet food companies label this as simply by-product.”

Although there are many commercial dog foods are getting healthier on their recipes, given the lack of regulation in the pet food industry, this can be hard to pick the best solution among them all, since pet food companies are not required to be nearly as transparent with the ingredients as they should be. 

So what kind of food should your dog eat?

Homemade meals.

It sounds like there will be a lot of works. But it is really not. Here is a chart of what ingredients your dog should take daily. Pick your favorite one at each category and mix them up. image

Extras include yogurt, wheat germ, flaxseed meal, oils, pumpkin, apple cider vinegar, and cottage cheese. Anchovies, mackerel, and sardines are considered extras for recipes in the raw recipes.

Inspired by Christine M. Filardi 

Top 3 Reasons to Adopt Senior Dogs
These are the pictures of a senior dog that we met on 5th Avenue in NYC. A lot of dog parents struggle with their dogs getting older. Fido is no more agile, playful and joyous. Rather she is slow, timid and tired.
The dog in picture is 14 years old and is lucky to have a caring dog parent taking care of him, however not all senior dogs are this fortunate and end up living the rest of their life in shelters or subjected to euthanasia. 
Here are top 3 reasons why you should adopt a senior dog 
Older dogs are usually well trained hence are very well behaved and calm. So no need of house breaking nor will your shoes get chewed up by a senior dog. 
Senior dogs are adaptable. They have been there, done that. So they easily settle into a new home. All they look for is some love and food & water. 
Senior dogs are full grown. So you know what you are kind of getting into in terms of size - no surprises 6 months later. 
Top 3 Reasons to Adopt Senior Dogs
These are the pictures of a senior dog that we met on 5th Avenue in NYC. A lot of dog parents struggle with their dogs getting older. Fido is no more agile, playful and joyous. Rather she is slow, timid and tired.
The dog in picture is 14 years old and is lucky to have a caring dog parent taking care of him, however not all senior dogs are this fortunate and end up living the rest of their life in shelters or subjected to euthanasia. 
Here are top 3 reasons why you should adopt a senior dog 
Older dogs are usually well trained hence are very well behaved and calm. So no need of house breaking nor will your shoes get chewed up by a senior dog. 
Senior dogs are adaptable. They have been there, done that. So they easily settle into a new home. All they look for is some love and food & water. 
Senior dogs are full grown. So you know what you are kind of getting into in terms of size - no surprises 6 months later. 

Top 3 Reasons to Adopt Senior Dogs

These are the pictures of a senior dog that we met on 5th Avenue in NYC. A lot of dog parents struggle with their dogs getting older. Fido is no more agile, playful and joyous. Rather she is slow, timid and tired.

The dog in picture is 14 years old and is lucky to have a caring dog parent taking care of him, however not all senior dogs are this fortunate and end up living the rest of their life in shelters or subjected to euthanasia. 

Here are top 3 reasons why you should adopt a senior dog 

  • Older dogs are usually well trained hence are very well behaved and calm. So no need of house breaking nor will your shoes get chewed up by a senior dog. 
  • Senior dogs are adaptable. They have been there, done that. So they easily settle into a new home. All they look for is some love and food & water. 
  • Senior dogs are full grown. So you know what you are kind of getting into in terms of size - no surprises 6 months later. 
Let’s change the way dogs find their forever home.
We, at barkloudly, are always digging ways to disrupt the world for the puppies and bring all dog lovers, rescues/shelters and pet businesses on a single platform to collaborate and make each other look good.
As part of our endeavor, we are engaging with brilliant students of Parsons The New School of Design to do a workshop style event to encourage redefining the space. So if you love dogs or are interested in dogs or have a dog business or run a shelter, this event is for you. Join us for a fun filled evening of workshop, pizza and beverage and find out creative ways on how dogs can find their forever home in NYC (and beyond).
Register on Eventbrite for the event.
Let’s change the way dogs find their forever home.
We, at barkloudly, are always digging ways to disrupt the world for the puppies and bring all dog lovers, rescues/shelters and pet businesses on a single platform to collaborate and make each other look good.
As part of our endeavor, we are engaging with brilliant students of Parsons The New School of Design to do a workshop style event to encourage redefining the space. So if you love dogs or are interested in dogs or have a dog business or run a shelter, this event is for you. Join us for a fun filled evening of workshop, pizza and beverage and find out creative ways on how dogs can find their forever home in NYC (and beyond).
Register on Eventbrite for the event.

Let’s change the way dogs find their forever home.

We, at barkloudly, are always digging ways to disrupt the world for the puppies and bring all dog lovers, rescues/shelters and pet businesses on a single platform to collaborate and make each other look good.

As part of our endeavor, we are engaging with brilliant students of Parsons The New School of Design to do a workshop style event to encourage redefining the space. So if you love dogs or are interested in dogs or have a dog business or run a shelter, this event is for you. Join us for a fun filled evening of workshop, pizza and beverage and find out creative ways on how dogs can find their forever home in NYC (and beyond).

Register on Eventbrite for the event.

Are you pissed at the snow yet?

How many of you in greater NY area are experiencing snow fatigue? All the charms of winter wonderland have long been replaced by our desires to see green grass and higher temperatures. Here is Tony, at the crossing of 29th St and Madison Avenue desperately trying to melt all the snow on the sidewalk by peeing on them. He is making sure to find all the strategic spots. Who’s not pissed at snow?!

How to take care of your dog in this snow?
Hopefully we all know by now how antifreeze and rock salt used so much during these snowy days can be dangerous for your dog. Please do not try to always take the easy solution and get a bootie for your doggie. Most dogs don’t like them (if your dog likes them, you are lucky). Instead keep a towel near your door that you can use to wipe of ice, salt, and chemicals clinging to their paws. Also when your dog is licking her paws clean, if there are salt in there, she will get dehydrated faster than ever, so keep the water bowl full this winter.
And if you want to stay busy for yourself, then you can train your dog to do any one of the following things dogs did well in 2013 http://www.buzzfeed.com/caitlincowie/the-10-best-dog-vines-of-2013
How to take care of your dog in this snow?
Hopefully we all know by now how antifreeze and rock salt used so much during these snowy days can be dangerous for your dog. Please do not try to always take the easy solution and get a bootie for your doggie. Most dogs don’t like them (if your dog likes them, you are lucky). Instead keep a towel near your door that you can use to wipe of ice, salt, and chemicals clinging to their paws. Also when your dog is licking her paws clean, if there are salt in there, she will get dehydrated faster than ever, so keep the water bowl full this winter.
And if you want to stay busy for yourself, then you can train your dog to do any one of the following things dogs did well in 2013 http://www.buzzfeed.com/caitlincowie/the-10-best-dog-vines-of-2013

How to take care of your dog in this snow?

Hopefully we all know by now how antifreeze and rock salt used so much during these snowy days can be dangerous for your dog. Please do not try to always take the easy solution and get a bootie for your doggie. Most dogs don’t like them (if your dog likes them, you are lucky). Instead keep a towel near your door that you can use to wipe of ice, salt, and chemicals clinging to their paws. Also when your dog is licking her paws clean, if there are salt in there, she will get dehydrated faster than ever, so keep the water bowl full this winter.

And if you want to stay busy for yourself, then you can train your dog to do any one of the following things dogs did well in 2013 http://www.buzzfeed.com/caitlincowie/the-10-best-dog-vines-of-2013

And the winner for the “Found my Valentine” $50 gift card is…
Thanks to everyone who submitted their canine couple photos (and selfies) to “Found My Valentine” contest. This was a hard decision to make as all the pictures, specially the top 5 or 6 oozed love and emotion like no other and we had to think quite a lot before getting the winner. After much deliberation we have a winning photo. Bright sunshine, green grass in the background, holding your big dog in the garden and getting a selfie…life is dog good. Congratulations to Kimberly for sharing this great photo.
And the winner for the “Found my Valentine” $50 gift card is…
Thanks to everyone who submitted their canine couple photos (and selfies) to “Found My Valentine” contest. This was a hard decision to make as all the pictures, specially the top 5 or 6 oozed love and emotion like no other and we had to think quite a lot before getting the winner. After much deliberation we have a winning photo. Bright sunshine, green grass in the background, holding your big dog in the garden and getting a selfie…life is dog good. Congratulations to Kimberly for sharing this great photo.

And the winner for the “Found my Valentine” $50 gift card is…

Thanks to everyone who submitted their canine couple photos (and selfies) to “Found My Valentine” contest. This was a hard decision to make as all the pictures, specially the top 5 or 6 oozed love and emotion like no other and we had to think quite a lot before getting the winner. After much deliberation we have a winning photo. Bright sunshine, green grass in the background, holding your big dog in the garden and getting a selfie…life is dog good. Congratulations to Kimberly for sharing this great photo.

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