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A Guide to Exercises for Older Dogs

A Guide to Exercises for Older Dogs

As our beloved canine friends get older and the vibrant energy they used to showcase becomes but a beautiful memory of the past, our senior dogs can become at risk of developing life-threatening conditions and putting on an unhealthy amount of weight. It’s not unusual for older dogs to become sedentary and engage in very little to no movement throughout the day. Nevertheless, even if they lack the same energy they once did, they still require movement and physical activity to keep them healthy for as long as possible and prevent premature death.

Without any exercise or physical activity of some level, our senior dogs can easily lose muscle and bone strength and become progressively weaker. It’s not always easy to find the right ways to encourage your old pup to engage in some movement and burn some calories. They may not appreciate the idea of being bothered or forced to move around and even worse, you may be concerned about the possibility of the activity even hurting them. Understand, however, that a certain level of movement and activity is necessary to continue to foster the health and wellbeing of your senior dog and you must therefore, find the right exercises that will offer an effective level of mental and physical stimulation, while remaining safe. We have compiled this guide to offer you inspiration and ideas for fun and safe exercises, so you can rest assured your beloved older canine friend will stay out of harm’s way, while still helping to promote their physical strength and wellbeing. 

Walking 

Regardless of your dog’s age and physical limitations, doing some walking is usually necessary to promote a healthy weight and body shape. Walking typically requires minimal effort or body strength from our pets, while promoting an array of health benefits as well as serving as a form of entertainment for them. Walking is not only a form of mental and physical stimulation for your dog, it can also help support a strong and healthy cardiovascular and pulmonary system as well as lower blood pressure and increase stamina, amongst many other benefits. 

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Unfortunately, there comes a time when we must say goodbye to our beloved pets. As much as we wish they could live forever, we need to prepare ourselves for when their time comes. There are certain signs that can indicate that our pet birds are reaching the end or that they’re in pain and require immediate medical attention. While some pet birds are able to let out a few words here and there, sadly, none of our feathery friends can communicate to us whether they are in pain or not.

As if it wasn’t already hard enough that our beloved pets can’t communicate their feelings or pain to us, most birds have the tendency to hide their pain from their owners. This is due to their particular nature and their survival instincts that make it even harder for us to know if their time is close. This is why it’s so important for pet owners to stay alert and be aware of any signs or symptoms that could indicate their small friend is in pain. By recognizing any of these signs, you could either potentially save your bird friend’s life or at least help minimize their suffering. 

Continue reading as we go over the common signs and signals that your beloved bird companion could be reaching the end. We understand that while this is not an easy read, it could help you stay alert to any sudden changes in behavior that could signify an emergency, or simply help you make the most of your precious last few days with your feathery friend. 

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What Happens to Bonded Cats When One Dies?

What Happens to Bonded Cats When One Dies?

Beloved feline companions can feel as if they become part of our family, so when it is their time to go, it can be immensely heartrending. Their loss can trigger an overwhelming number of difficult emotions in us and it can take time and emotional support from our loved ones to help us heal. 

As we mend our broken hearts after the loss of our feline friend, you may be wondering how our cats who are left behind experience the deep loss of their own furry comrade. Bonded cats often form special relationships that can leave them devastated and grief-stricken after one of them passes away. As a cat owner, you’ll likely find yourself desperate to find some way to tend to and help your grieving cat heal and move on from their trauma.

Understand that it is normal for your cats to go through their own grieving process, and though it may take time, they will eventually be able to move on and adapt. As we continue to explore the experience of bonded cats when one passes away, we understand this may also be a time of great distress and despair for you. Even though this particular guide is geared towards helping your feline companion, we want you to know you are not alone and there are a handful of resources available to help you cope with your loss as well. As we encourage you to find help and emotional support, read on to learn ways you can help your feline friend cope through this difficult time. 

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What Kind of Behavior Does a Dog Exhibit Before Death?

What Kind of Behavior Does a Dog Exhibit Before Death?

As a pet owner, our pets are precious companions who become like members of our family. The thought of a beloved pet dying is of course something you have probably tried to keep in the back of your mind for as long as possible because of how painful it is to think about it, much less imagine. It is never pleasant to think about how it’ll be when the time comes to say goodbye, so naturally, we all try to delay it as much as we can. Unfortunately, the eventual death of our beloved pets is an unavoidable fact of life. 

Accepting death as an inevitable part of life can help you better cope when your pet’s time is near, and help you stay aware and alert about any changes in your pet’s behavior that may indicate they are reaching the end. This can help you prepare for the necessary arrangements to make for their goodbye, and ultimately, make the most of their final, precious days. Whether your dog’s passing is ultimately due to old age, or perhaps a terminal illness, we’d like to help you recognize the signs that your pet could be in the process of dying. This guide will help you distinguish certain normal changes in your dog’s behavior that they may exhibit from time to time from those that typically occur when a dog is nearing death. Continue reading as we explore and walk you through some of the difficult changes in your pet’s behavior before death. 

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As you experience the emotional stress that comes from seeing a beloved pet in pain, recognizing the signs that your dog is dying will help you determine whether your pet is just going through a phase, is simply feeling under the weather, or is in the process of dying.

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Experiencing the loss of a pet is never easy. Few things compare to the level of hurt and pain that comes with it. These emotions can become even more overwhelming when you are faced with the sudden death of a pet at home and there is unfortunately no one around who is trained to handle the situation.

We understand this sort of situation is something no one can be prepared for; it is absolutely common to find ourselves paralyzed in fear, faced with a million questions running through our heads as we go through an event of this nature.

What should you do with your pet’s body? Who do you call? How long do you have until the body starts to decompose?

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A Basic Guide to Pet Cremation

A Basic Guide to Pet Cremation

Losing a pet is an especially difficult experience for most people. Our cherished pets become part of our family, so when they pass we grieve their loss as we would for any loved one, and we also want the opportunity to give them a proper memorial.  

Whether a dog, cat or other beloved animal has to be euthanized or passes away on their own,  it can be stressful to decide what to do next. Therefore, it’s important to plan, just as we would for our own end-of-life and funeral wishes.

Many pet families opt to take care of arrangements in advance and find pet cremation to be the best option to remember their pet. From selecting the proper pet crematorium to choosing the type of cremation or a suitable memorial, we have put together a basic guide with everything you need to know about pet cremation services. 

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How to Know When to Put Your Dog Down

How to Know When to Put Your Dog Down

“A dog is man’s best friend” couldn’t be a more accurate saying. The special bond we form with our dogs makes them feel as if they essentially become a part of the family. Unfortunately, we also know the time will come when our beloved dogs will age and eventually leave us and with their passing, will leave a large vacancy in our hearts. 

As our dogs grow older, their health may begin to decline and it can be incredibly emotionally difficult to watch them suffer. Most dog owners agree with the concept of pet euthanasia, seeing it as a blessing they can offer their canine who is ill or frail from old age as a humane way to end their suffering. 

However, accepting that the time will come when your dog will one day pass away is one thing; knowing when to use euthanasia as a means of ending your dog’s suffering is another. While it is always emotionally challenging to choose to euthanize your dog, understanding the signs your dog is ready and planning accordingly may help make the process somewhat easier and a little less stressful.  

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