Some kinds of dogs are much more long-lived than others (Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and St Bernards have life expectancies of 8-10 years, while Chihuahuas may live for 16 years or longer).This describes physical and behavioural changes you can expect, feeding the older dog, diseases they may get, and general care of these loved animals. There is a chapter on using your vet, special care your dog may need, and when it's time to say goodbye.
Most dogs live longer these days, thanks to a greater understanding of what they need in terms of food, exercise, health monitoring, and medical care. This book describes how to recognise and understand the changes - both mental and physical - that occur as your dog grows older. It explains - with the help of unique and specially-commissioned photography - how to manage these changes successfully, and thus how to make the senior canine years more enjoyable and fulfilling for both you and your dog. Exercise, diet, grooming, sharing the house with a younger dog, travel and holiday arrangements - all this and much more is covered in detail. There is also advice on how to work closely with your vet in order to manage your dog's senior years, as well as sympathetic advice for when the time comes to say goodbye. It includes: physical and behavioural changes; general care; feeding the older dog; using your vet; diseases and the older dog; special care; when it's time to say goodbye; and, glossary of terms.