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Grey Matters Blog celebrates senior dogs and provides a resource for the people who care for them. It draws upon the wealth of knowledge and experience with senior dogs offered by The Grey Muzzle Organization community. Our contributors will share articles on senior dog care, as well as relevant news, success stories from our grantee organizations, and more. 

Treating Arthritis in an Older Dog

The first sign of aging that most owners notice with their dog is arthritis. You might see some slowness when your dog gets up, stiffness, and even limping for the first few steps in the morning or after a long nap. Don’t ignore aches and pains in your old friend; there are things you can do to make your dog healthier and more comfortable.

How Old Dogs Become Homeless

Those who have had the pleasure of sharing their lives with a senior dog probably can‘t imagine allowing them to end up at a local humane society or animal control facility. Yet, shelters care for many old dogs every day. For this article, Grey Muzzle asked experts to share the common reasons for senior dogs being in shelters.

Susie’s Senior Dogs: Helping Old Dogs Find Their Love Connection by Carrie Collins-Fadell

A wiry-haired, 14-year-old Chihuahua mix is taking the Internet by storm this year. Her name is Susie, and she’s on a mission to connect homeless older dogs with the family that will love them. Meet Susie - and Erin O'Sullivan, the woman behind Susie's Senior Dogs - and learn how they are helping senior dogs in need.

Goodbye Finn by Maria Stoerrle

When Maria took Finn home as her foster dog, she knew he was ill, but not quite how ill - or how much she would come to love him in the months that followed. In this post, Maria Stoerrle, a member of Grey Muzzle's Board, tells of the love and heartbreak of deciding when to say goodbye to a terminally ill dog.

So Long! by Lisa Rodier

As originally published in the Whole Dog Journal , March 2014. Reprinted with permission. Don’t allow your fear of hurting your dog prevent you from keeping his feet healthy My young Bouvier, Atle, has the triple threat of dog nails: black, stout, and surrounded by lots of hair. Regular nail trimming is not a task I relish, yet the importance of trimming nails can’t be underestimated. Left untended, long nails can splinter or break off, affect your dog’s gait, and cause orthopedic issues and pain. Although ultra-critical for performance dogs, proper foot care is required for the health and...

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