When Is A Good Dog A Senior?

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today I’m barking about when is a dog a senior. Depending on the size of dog, we actually age at different speeds with smaller dogs generally having longer life spans than bigger breeds. This is unusual to dogs, in nature the general rule is the larger the animal, the longer the life.

The later third of life is usually what we mean as a senior dog. For a large dog that could be as early as age four, while a chihuahua isn’t a senior until age 8 to 10 years. Trying to compare human years to dog years isn’t as easy as what some humans assume, that being one dog year is about seven human years. That one size fits all approach is inaccurate.

The reason why big dogs have short lives isn’t clearly understood. One theory speculates that larger dogs have a higher level of a growth hormone called IGF-1 which is associated in humans with increased risk of death from age-related diseases such as cancer or heart disease. But at the moment all we really know is big dogs simply age much faster than smaller dogs.

Veterinarians recommend starting geriatric checkups for small dogs around age 11, for medium-sized dogs at around age 9, & for large dogs around age 5.

As dogs enter the senior years, regular checkups become more impawtant to confront any concerns as early as possible. Mobility & cognitive abilities will decline as we age, but regular exams can determine what is normal aging & what may an underlying, treatable health issue.

Also as we age, we’ll need more support in the way of adding supplements & adjusting our lifestyle & diets. Both can help maintain & pawmote quality of life. We will come back to this in another blog.

Next week I’ll explain some of the tests recommended for senior dogs & why they are important as your good dog grows old.

Love & celebrate senior dogs everywhere,

CEO Olivia 💜

Good Dogs In Their Autumnal Years

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Lately, my huMom has been spending more time than usual with my fur sister Suzie Q. I’ve also noticed Suzie doesn’t pawtrol the entire yard with me anymore. She’s been getting more leg & neck massages which makes me a bit jealous. huMom tells me Suzie is very old now & I shouldn’t be jealous of her aches.

Just like anything, we dogs will decline as we grow old. Common health issues such as arthritis, hearing loss & cataracts can affect good dogs as they age.

When is a dog considered a senior? This month I’ll be barking about the autumnal years for good dogs. What changes to look for, both physical & mental.  I’ll dig into physical examinations & diagnostic testing for senior dogs that determine current health status & what pawventative health measures can be taken.

huMom told me she believes aging should be experienced with grace & dignity; that we should honor & love our seniors by putting their needs before ours.  She said, “It is our time to shine for them keeping them warm & safe in our brilliant love”.

CEO Olivia

Olivia’s CBD Journey Pupdate

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting another pupdate on my CBD journey. My first dose was July 11th & I’m happy to bark that I am 69 days seizure free!

In that time we’ve experienced heatwaves, intense humidity, extreme temperature changes, thunderstorms, & the full moon.  All of which are known triggers for me, but I’m happy to say, no grand mals.

Some of the many pawsitive changes may seem little to some but for this dog, they are wooftastic quality of life improvements. For example, today a delivery guy came by & he received my full throated bark of, ‘Don’t you even think about it dude!” but when huMom came out I settled down & looked to her for what to do & then went inside when asked. In short, I have been less reactive.

Yesterday on our walk a neighbor’s dog came huffing & puffing down the driveway,  acting all dog gone crazy, rushing at us as we walked by her house. In the past I would have been Miss “come at me B” & so out huffed & puffed her, but not this time, I remained calm & let the humans take care of it.

As I mentioned in my last pupdate, I have been hanging out past the fenced in area off lead.  I’m a good girl who now pays attention, comes when called & for the most part understands the boundaries.

My appetite is great, with little digestive issues if any. (huMom is making me include this next part but I do pawtest). I don’t burp.  I’m a lady, I hiccup.  Anyway, huMom noted in my journal that I burp/hiccup less & when I have it is less, um, noticeable.

My overall focus has greatly improved & I am calmer & more attuned to my surroundings which means less bumbling into things on our forest walks.

We are feeling pawsitive in moving forward & I have already ordered my 2nd bottle of full spectrum CBD Oil. huMom did extensive research into finding a reputable, effective product. So far we haven’t observed any negative effects from the CBD Oil. We are taking it slow giving the CBD time to repair my endocannabinoid system.  At the moment there seems to be no reason to increase the small amount I’m taking.

We haven’t had the opportunity to have my blood work done, but huMom is eager to see what if anything has changed with the hope of eventually being able to reduce the dosage of one or more of my harsher meds.

CEO Olivia.