Synopses & Reviews
As a dog owner, you know that caring for your older pet can be a challenge. It's hard to watch your dog -- whose frisky puppy days don't seem so long ago -- begin to slow down a little and go gray around the muzzle. But thanks to extraordinary advances in veterinary medicine and pet nutrition, dogs are living longer, and with the right kind of care you can help your pet stay healthy and happy well into his golden years.
A practical and sensitive all-in-one reference, Your Older Dog guides you through the aging process in dogs, starting with middle age. With plenty of information on maximizing your dog's active years and a complete guide to age-related health problems, Your Older Dog offers the latest research from veterinarians and pet care experts, including:
- What to expect as your dog grows older, and how to recognize the onset of old age
- Preventive health care, with tips on developing a routine diet, using nutritional supplements, exercising, and choosing the best veterinary care
- Safe and effective alternative treatments for aging dogs -- ranging from acupuncture and massage to herbal and homeopathic medicines
- The best approaches to such common illnesses as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory and digestive difficulties
With adorable color photos and illustrations throughout, Your Older Dog gives you the vital information and reassurance you need to provide the best care for your best friend.
"A must read for pet lovers who want to ensure their dog has quality golden years."
— USA Today
"Sure to become the most important resource you can have to guide you through your dog's senior years. The advice gathered from the leading experts at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is presented by Dodman in a convivial and reassuring voice. This book will take the mystery out of caring for an aging dog."
— The Bark
"A great book on a very important subject. Having recently lost my 16 1/2 year old Shi Tzu...it really hit home."
—Betty White, actress and animal activist
" Essential reading for making treatment decisions for your companion. GOOD OLD DOG offers lots of practical, easy to understand advice about veterinary care for older dogs.
—Temple Grandin, author Animals Make us Human and Animals in Translation
“Everyone with an aging dog should have this book…. The idea behind Good Old Dog is that old age is not a condition but rather it is a stage of life. With clear, insightful recommendations and examples it helps you deal with the issues associated with a puppy that can now be considered to be a senior citizen.”
—Stanley Coren, PhD, FRSC, author of The Modern Dog
“If you love your aging dog, you want his golden years to be as happy and healthy as possible. This unique book will help dog owners understand the best health care options for aging pets. It contains the accumulated knowledge and experience of a group of Board Certified Veterinary specialists. This is a must-read for dog owners.”
—Bash Dibra, internationally acclaimed animal behaviorist, celebrity dog trainer and author of six books including Star Pet
"Written by experts in their fields, "Good Old Dog" provides a timely and complete reference for every owner who wants to take the best possible care of their well-loved older dog"
— Dr. Nick Trout, veterinary surgeon and author of Tell Me Where It Hurts and Love is the Best Medicine.
The gold standard guide to caring for your older dog.
“Lots of practical, easy-to-understand advice about veterinary care for older dogs. Essential reading for making treatment decisions for your companion.” —Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human
and Animals in Translation
The human-animal bond is never stronger or more tender than when your dogs muzzle turns gray and the spring in her step begins to diminish. After spending the better part of a decade or more with this beloved member of your family, making sure your canine friend ages comfortably, contentedly, and well is a natural priority. And no one knows how to ensure healthy aging better than the renowned faculty of the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, who treat more than eight thousand older dogs annually.
Good Old Dog brings their renowned expertise into your living room, providing you with essential advice on nutrition, health, and caretaking to see your dog through the golden years.
“A timely and complete reference for every owner who wants to take the best possible care of their well-loved older dog.” —Dr. Nick Trout, veterinary surgeon and author of Tell Me Where It Hurts
“Everyone with an aging dog should have this book.” —Stanley Coren, PhD, FRSC, author of The Modern Dog
About the Author
LAWRENCE LINDNER is a best-selling collaborative author.NICHOLAS DODMAN is a world-renowned animal behaviorist, who has appeared on Oprah, the Today show, 20/20, and CNN.The CUMMINGS SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY treats more than 26,000 cases annually, and its emergency critical-care program is the largest residency training program in the United States.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Anne Marie Manning, D.V.M.
Introduction: Living Longer and Living Better
How Your Dog Ages
Chapter One: The Aging Process
Chapter Two: Age-Related Changes
Preventive Care and First Aid
Chapter Three: Diet for an Older Dog
Chapter Four: Exercise to Keep Your Dog Agile
Chapter Five: First Aid
Chapter Six: Five Holistic Healing Therapies
Chapter Seven: Holistic Healing and Preventive Care
A Guide to Age-Related Health Problems
Chapter Eight: The Most Common Age-Related Illnesses
Chapter Nine: Age-Related Diseases That Are Difficult to Diagnose
End Stage Issues
Chapter Ten: Coping with Chronic Disease
Chapter Eleven: Facing Death
Chapter Twelve: The Future
About the Author