Grey Muzzle End-of-life Care and Planning

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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. 

Stand by Me: Caring for Your Aging or Ailing Dog by Ellen L. Bassuk M.D.

Stand by Me book cover
Stand by Me is a pioneering new book for dog owners who hope to extend the life of their beloved pet, rather than turning to euthanasia before it may be necessary. Stand by Me reflects the growing movement to provide supportive care to elderly and ailing dogs, and to hold off on putting them down while there is still opportunity for a good quality of life. This easy-to-use guide provides pet owners with advice from experts on home care for older and sick dogs. Topics including feeding, walking, hygiene, and daily care are succinctly and straightforwardly addressed, including how to make...

Making Animal Hospice a Reality by Dr. Kathleen Cooney, DVM

Hospice is best summarized as the philosophy of preserving quality-of-life over extending length of life and hinges on the belief that patients in the last phases of life deserve this care to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Animal Hospice recognizes dying as a normal process, whether or not resulting from disease, and sees the end of life as an opportunity for added deepening of the existing human-animal bond.

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