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Shamrock’s Story: What my dog taught me about the signs of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Shamrock in Window
F. Barish-Stern’s most recent book, “ Shamrock’s Story, From Hurricane Katrina to Doggy Dementia and Alzheimer’s ,” combines her personal experience and love of dogs with input from more than 50 experts she interviewed. By knitting together their guidance with the story of one rescued dog's journey through the stages of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, she hopes the book and this article will help other senior dogs and the people who love them.

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs Part 2

Brown Chihuahua under blanket
In part two of this blog series, we’ll provide a follow up to the overview of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), including prognosis, treatment and management of and management tips. For more information on symptoms and diagnosis, read Part 1 of our CCD blog series. This information was provided by Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice as part of their educational pet disease series and has been republished with permission. As a reminder, Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) is a medical condition that is characterized by the changes associated with the aging process of the brain that result in a...

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs Part 1

Boxer dog with grey face
In part one of this blog series, we’ll provide an overview of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), including definition, symptoms, diagnosis and prognosis. This information was provided by Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice as part of their educational pet disease series and has been republished with permission. What Is It? Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) is a medical condition that is characterized by the changes associated with the aging process of the brain that result in a decline of canine mental faculties associated with spatial orientation (where the dog is in space), facial recognition...

Annie’s Saga: Heartworm Disease By Denise Fleck, The Pet Safety Crusader™

Vizla dog Annie
Affectionate, gentle, energetic and built for long days in the field. Vizslas are known to be an athletic breed - eager and graceful trotters possessing great stamina and making them ideal jogging or biking companions. Picture Annie : a Heartworm positive two-year-old Vizsla who is currently on restricted activity during treatment.

Osteoarthritis: An Overview and Treatment Options by Dr. Megan Buchanan

Osteoarthritis, or Degenerative Joint Disease, is a common disease in our older pets. While many owners chalk the stiffness and decreased mobility seen in these pets as just “old age”, they can dramatically impact a pet’s quality of life. Dogs with osteoarthritis rarely vocalize their discomfort with cries or a non-weight bearing lameness. The changes are often subtle and can involve symptoms such as stiffness, reluctance to climb stairs, weight shifting when standing still and a decreased desire to go on walks. Osteoarthritis is a combination of changes seen in a joint. In a normal, healthy...

The key to maintaining your dog’s healthy joints: A holistic mindset! by Dr. James St. Clair

In my first two blog post here on the Grey Matters Blog we discussed simple signs for you to look for to potentially identify if your dog has joint pain or not. We then introduced the concept of “The Pain Trial,” which all dog owners should know about and be able to discuss with their veterinarian. I have listed these posts for easy reference, in case you missed them.

The Pain Trial Concept for Dogs: What is it and why is it important? by Dr. James St. Clair

In my last post here on the Grey Matters Blog, I described the “Silent Signs” dogs show us that they are potentially dealing with chronic pain specifically related to their joints or spine. We discussed that it is critical for us, as pet parents, to change our perception of pain when it comes to our dogs and actually LEARN HOW TO LISTEN to them differently than we do now. The truth is that most dogs don’t cry, whine, or whimper when dealing with chronic pain.

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