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02-22-2014 12:30 AM
Originally Posted by superg View Post
aarp started sending me their solicitations well before i would be considered a senior.....

02-21-2014 05:46 PM
JakodaCD OA I'm with Lucy Dog, when my dogs start acting like seniors I treat depending on the needs of the dog.

Right now I have a 14 year old aussie, yeah she's deaf, but honestly I didn't start doing anything different with her until this past year, because she wasn't 'acting' like a senior..She's slowed down, she has arthritis, so she is on meloxicalm for that, she's gotten rather picky in her eating since I lost my other aussie, and hurray after trying different kinds of food, she seems to like some kind of raw pre made food I tried and is eating like a pig.

I don't normally don't change anything until it warrants it.
02-21-2014 04:42 PM
SuperG AARP started sending me their solicitations well before I would be considered a senior.....

02-21-2014 04:06 PM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom For Lucky he became a senior really only in the past year he's about 12. He had a leg injury from coming down the steps this fall and we had to keep him downstairs since then he's slowed down a bit. Daisy was between her 11th and 12th birthday when we saw the change. Thunder is 10 and a half or 11 but no arthritis ,strong back legs and an appetite that is unbelieveable. Chevy has presented as more senior from the begining.Its individual but I try to do the senior panels when they turm 8.My guys are all on a supplement w/ chrondroitin and glucosomine.
02-12-2014 12:41 AM
Originally Posted by onyx'girl View Post
today I went to the vet to buy licenses for the dogs. They give an option of a 1 yr or 3 yr license. Kacie isn't eligible for the 3 yr because she'd be needing her rabies vax at 11 I'd rather be illegal than give her another rabies vax at 11yrs old.
I agree with you, I'm on the fence on giving my oldest that is 9 rabies again, she is due in June 2015. I'm leaning towards the titer so I know she is safe and dealing with whatever(legally) if if comes up. I started her bloodwork when she was 7, I'll go again this year and go more often as she gets older. She is still active and puts everyone in there place. Her teeth are in good shape and she plays like a puppy. I'm looking into cedar oil for fleas and ticks. The only medication will be the heartworm, she is done with distemper to, last one was 5 yrs ago.
02-11-2014 10:30 PM
onyx'girl today I went to the vet to buy licenses for the dogs. They give an option of a 1 yr or 3 yr license. Kacie isn't eligible for the 3 yr because she'd be needing her rabies vax at 11 I'd rather be illegal than give her another rabies vax at 11yrs old.
02-11-2014 10:18 PM
DJEtzel The vets I work with all recommend bloodwork yearly starting at 7.... That's the only thing I will do differently unless otherwise necessary per a diagnoses for another issue. That's after a normal blood panel around 2yrs, so that I have a baseline to judge later bloodwork off of.
02-11-2014 10:10 PM
ilivenanigloo When they start acting like a senior. So, Lupa is a senior in the winter and not in the summer, due to her arthritis flaring in winter. The same week she turned 10, she grabbed my year old pitt and threw her to the ground and pinned her there.

As far as medical treatment for seniors, Lupa got arthritis when she was 7 from compensating for a lost leg. I started treating her then with glucosamine and NSAIDs then.
02-07-2014 12:44 PM
Jax08 The only thing I do for a senior dog is add joint supplements and do regular bloodwork. At 7 years old, I would do a baseline Chem10 for overall values so you have something to compare to as they age. After that, do that once per year.

Things with seniors can change quickly so I think regular BW is very important.
02-07-2014 12:43 PM
myshepharley Thank you all for the replies. Just trying to do the best for him. I will keep him on the joint supplement and only add if and when needed. He still acts like a puppy but at times I notice the age showing. No I can't prevent it but wish I could.
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