Recently our new neighbors brought home their new but older dog. They had waited a long time for Azul and were excited about his arrival. Eagerly they had read books about older dog health care, and had bought Azul a bed, collar, leash, plates, toothbrushes and combs. They had bombarded us with questions since we were the neighbors with much experience about older dogs. Which food is good for dogs?Where can I buy it? What can dogs eat and how much? Do you know a good veterinarian? Will the dog be able to escape the house? Do you think the female dog we already own will bite Azul or accept him with care? Where can I take him for a walk?
If you look around canine expositions, the youth always dominate. Dogs who are five, six or even seven years old are rarely seen in public. Occasionally, they can be spotted at competitions or expositions, but these athletes are by far a minority.
When I was first asked to write about older dogs, I was surprised. Who would care about this subject? But, when I started talking to individuals passionate about dogs, as well as several of my friends, they were intrigued. I’ve realized that our attitude towards dogs has changed throughout the years. We take our canine friends very seriously now. We learn about them in books and have many resources to further understand their behavior.
Our dog’s lifespan keeps increasing due to health care and veterinarians. Today’s scientific findings have accumulated ample information about the old dog. Soon there will be veterinarians and clinics specialized in dogs, similar to human medicine. Many responsible owners wish to be informed about each phase in the life of their dog in order to provide them with the best care. Each phase of the dog’s life is interesting, has its own special appeal, requires specific health care and demands new tasks and imagination from our part. It is a good augury that the old dog has become a topic of conversation in canine clubs and among fans. Basically, it’s the same for dogs as it is for humans. If we are all right, our loyal canine friends should be as well. If you have heard of cases where old dogs suffer, these are really exceptions. The dog ages with fewer problems than most people. Aging is not a disease. Old age is an important and interesting part of life. Almost all dogs get better with age; hence owners should see aging with enthusiasm. I hope this book can help you prepare in a positive manner for this phase in the relationship with your dog, and be able to provide you with useful advice.Aging Dogs