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Why Adopt a Senior Dog? Let Me Count the Reasons!

dog-2514042_6401: Senior dogs need homes too! They are super loyal and loving.

2: Adopting older dogs will save a life. Sadly most shelters are overcrowded and what’s even sadder is generally the older dogs are the pets that are euthanized first.

3: Older dogs don’t mean more problems. A lot of older dogs are given to shelters for the same reason as other dogs. The family moved, sometimes the owner passed away, a new baby, and so on and so on.

4: Older dogs come trained. Don’t worry about trying to potty train or even simple commands because generally they come with all the knowledge already.

5: Older dogs are calmer. They are less destructive because they aren’t going through the puppy ‘chew on everything’ stage. They also tend to do better with children.

6: They are instant companions. They will go on walks with you, are leash-trained already, great work out buddies, and or course, are snuggle bugs!

7: Sadly senior pets are more likely to never get a new home again.

8: You know what you are going to get. What’s great with older dogs is you already know their temperament. You know how big they are going to get and you know what is going on with their health already.

9: You can teach them new tricks. It’s an old wives tale you can’t teach an old dog new tricks because that has been proven wrong time and time again.

10: You can almost custom order your dog. By getting an older dog you already know how big they are going to get, how long the hair is going to be, if they are good with other animals, and if they have any health issues like dental disease.

11: Senior dogs are good with senior people as well. They are very good at being relaxing and comforting.

12: You can adopt a pure bred if you want. The great thing about a senior pet is that you know what you are getting so if you want a certain breed you can make sure you get it.

13: Senior dogs are super relaxing. They will be great to hang out with and curl up and watch a movie with.

14: They are super grateful. There is nothing like adopting an older dog. They are so grateful and they show it. It’s amazing.

15: Who wouldn’t want an amazing dog to spend their time with?

Diabetes in Dogs: How it Develops, What to Watch For, and How to Treat It

Diabetes in dogs is becoming a very common disease. It’s not fully known yet what causes diabetes but there are some things that they have found that are connected such as genetics, obesity, chronic pancreatitis, certain medications, abnormal protein deposits in the pancreas, and some auto immune diseases.

dog-1809044_640Some dogs are at a greater risk of getting diabetes. Obese dogs are always more prone to getting it, just like people. Female dogs run a greater risk at developing diabetes later on in life when they are around 6-9 years old. Certain breeds are more prone such as Australian terriers, schnauzers, dachshunds, poodles, keeshounds and samoyeds. It’s also very important to get female dogs spayed because the hormones can affect blood sugar levels.

The top signs of diabetes in dogs are increased thirst, increased urination, increased hunger, sudden weight loss, obesity, weakness or fatigue, thinning or dull hair, cloudy eyes, depression, vomiting, and chronic skin infections. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your vet and get your dog checked out immediately. If you notice these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog has developed diabetes, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

The treatment for diabetes varies per pet and how ill they are when they are diagnosed. Some dogs will need to be hospitalized for several days to get them stabilized. Most dogs will need insulin injections, but sometimes a high-fiber diet can also help normalize the glucose in their system.

Once stabilized, your vet will review how to check blood glucose levels at home and give insulin. Sometimes, if you would prefer, certain vets will have you bring your dog in check the blood glucose in the hospital.  It’s good to always give insulin at the same time everyday and feed regular meals in conjunction with the medication.  Try to avoid treats with any glucose in them and get regular blood glucose levels to make sure everything is going smoothly.  It’s also good to check with your vet about exercise and proper nutrition to keep the weight in check.

There isn’t too much you can do to fully prevent diabetes in your dog, but generally proper diet and regular exercise will help with obesity and that can lessen the chances of developing diabetes. If you happen to notice any signs or symptoms or if your dog is already diabetic and not acting right, please contact your vet right away.