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Tips to Help Your Senior Dog Live a Longer, Happier Life

Senior chow chow
By Denise Fleck [Some portions excerpted from her book, The Autumn & Winter of Your Pet: Make Those Senior Years Golden ] As much as we’d like, we can’t turn back the paws of time, so there are some things we just can’t change about our senior dogs: A NCESTRY: We can’t change DNA (well, not yet), so your dog may be susceptible to certain diseases and defects based on his or her canine parents’ genes. For example, if your doggie’s daddy or a sibling suffered from Bloat, your dog is more likely to as well. B REED SPECIFIC HEALTH CONDITIONS Bichon Frises, Border Terriers and Cocker Spaniels...

5 Healthy, Homemade Treats to Use for Dog Training

Dalmation receiving treat
John is a dog trainer with many years’ experience in training companion dogs. Sometimes when it comes to training a dog, especially for those food orientated dogs , we can often wonder how the amount of treats we use in their typical training sessions are adding to the calories they eat on a daily basis. Data collected in 2018 suggests that nearly 100 million pets in the US are overweight or obese which includes a whopping 54% of all dogs in the states. Not only does obesity shorten lives, but it is associated with a range of other health conditions including arthritis, bladder issues, liver disease, heart failure and high blood pressure. If you are considering swapping out the treats you use for more healthy, low calorie ones, we have put together our top 5 healthy treats which you can prepare at home.

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.

Is Your Dog Distracting You As You Drive? Here's What to Do

Brown dog hanging his head out a car window
This is a guest post on the Grey Matters Blog and not written by anyone affiliated with Grey Muzzle. We allow guest contributors from time to time in order to provide our supporters with a wide range of topics pertaining to senior dogs. You’ve likely seen enough terrifying stats, commercials, and warnings about texting while driving that you broke that habit and now drive hands-free. What about other distractions, though? While it may be fun to have your dog entertain you as you drive, it’s unsafe for you, your pet, and the other drivers on the road. There’s even a proposed bill that could...

Keeping Your Senior Dog Safe on Planes & in Airports By Denise Fleck, The Pet Safety Crusader™

Adult beagle in a crate
Recently, a member of The Grey Muzzle family, encountered two separate instances of dogs fighting while travelling. According to our Vice-President Jessica Rothfuss: One fight occurred on the plane during boarding while the other happened in the airport. A small dog had a carrier but was not really in it as it was unzipped. The dog barked and carried on whenever it saw another dog and got into a fight with a larger leashed dog. The on-board fight also occurred with an on- leash dog. It was unclear if any of the canines were emotional support as none were wearing vests or any ID to indicate...

How to Teach Your Dog to Watch DOGTV

Small brown dog sitting on a couch.
The way dogs watch television is different than the way humans do. When we sit down to watch a program, and it’s one we like, our attention is raptly held by the images on the screen as well as the story unfolding before us. Our dogs benefit from the audio visual programming that DOGTV provides, but he may not curl up on the couch and stare at the screen.

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