Cranky, Confused, and Ailing: Decoding Common Senior Pet Behaviors

senior dog at oakhurst vet

Senior pets are amazing companions. Whether you’ve had them since they were young or they came to you in adulthood, there’s just nothing like the calm, quiet, reassuring presence of an older cat or dog.

Aging pets are familiar with your ways and the rhythms of the household. They no longer have urges to hop fences, wander the neighborhood or jump on strangers. They are just as content to snuggle with you as they are to sniff around in the backyard. In a sense, they finally become the pets you always hoped for.

But there are certain senior pet behaviors that can cause owners to worry.

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Wowza! My Older Dog Smells Bad!

old dog

Senior pets, or those roughly over the age of 7, make wonderful companions. They are already settled in their personality, have training mastered, and have won us over with their loving ways. There’s nothing better than owning a senior pet, but it sometimes comes with certain conditions that coincide with aging.

If your loveable senior has been smelling like less than a bouquet of roses, there may be an underlying health reason. Let’s get to the bottom of this smelly situation to see why your older dog smells bad and what you can do about it.

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4 Reasons To Say Yes To Dog Diapers

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We are all familiar with diapers. Whether they are used at the beginning of life, or the end, diapers are an indispensable part of certain times of life. But did you know that there are diapers made especially for dogs?  

At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we want the very best quality of life for our pet patients. In some cases, this might mean the use of dog diapers. Read on to learn 4 reasons to say yes to dog diapers for your pet. 

What Are Dog Diapers? 

Let’s start with the basics. Dog diapers are almost exactly like baby diapers, with a hole for the dog’s tail. Like baby diapers, there are both cloth and disposable dog diapers. Cloth diapers cost more initially but are reusable. Disposable diapers are easy to use but end up in the landfill, and costs add up over time. 

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Senior Pets: How to Keep the Golden Years Going Strong

senior pets have special pet health considerations; ask a veterinarianPets are considered seniors between the ages of 7 and 10 years old, depending on their size. Of course, with advances in veterinary medicine and thoughtful care at home, they can live long past that benchmark. But that doesn’t mean their needs won’t shift slightly. If you’ve had the privilege of watching your pet grow up from infancy through adulthood and beyond, it can be a trial at first to make the right changes. Senior pets can live a long time, especially when you know how to help.

A Single Year

Cats and dogs age faster than humans. While a single year may not seem like a lot to us, those 12 months actually encompass a large amount of a pet’s lifetime.

They also age differently from each other. Dogs (especially larger breeds) have senior needs starting around 7 years old; cats are typically 10 years old before they show significant signs of slowing down. Continue…

Beyond the Basics: Diving Deep Into Dental Cleaning

Dental CleaningMany of us know regular dental cleanings are beneficial to our pets. With over 85% of pets over the age of 3 affected by some form of dental disease, people are becoming more aware of this common but preventable problem. If your pet gets regular dental cleanings, you’ve probably noticed cleaner teeth, fresher breath, and decreased redness around your pet’s gum line. While the results of dental cleanings are great, have you ever wondered what happens during a cleaning? We thought you might!

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