Pet Spotlight: Meet Pal

With his sweet demeanor and friendly nature, this boy is sure to be your Pal! After a long day he is sure to be someone you’ll want by your side! He is super affectionate, loves to play and is looking for his loving forever home. Come and make him part of your family today!

Pet Spotlight: Meet Ghost

Ghost is a handsome 3 year old grey tabby who has striking grey, white and almost silvery markings, offset by translucent green eyes. But there is nothing spooky about this kitty! He has tons of energy and loves to play. He enjoys pets and being picked up, and would love to chase a string toy in his new home! Come visit Ghost and see if he’s the one for you!

Kindly sponsored by Jennifer Fox

Pet Spotlight: Meet Pumpkin

You’ll Fall for this Pumpkin well before Halloween! This 9 year old furry guy is gourd-geous! He wants pets so bad that he purrs, licks and little nibbles. What a love! Any doubts that you may have about his sweet personality not being a good fit for your family will be squash-ed after you meet him! No trick, he’s a treat!

Pet Spotlight: Meet Rachel

Who knew Rachel would end up with Chandler!! We thought she loved Ross…:-) Rachel is a big, loveable 7 year old female Tuxedo! She’s affectionate, loves to play and is very round! She came to us with her buddy, Chandler, who has already been adopted. But Rachel would prefer to be the only cat anyway so that she can get all of the attention from you once she gets to her forever home!

Kindly sponsored by Gary Bougton

Pet Spotlight: Meet JoeJoe

My name is Joe Joe and I am a one year old lab/hound mix. I’m a super sweet guy from Kentucky who finally made his way to DAWS! Two of my brothers came here a few months ago and were adopted and I’m so excited that it’s now my turn! I love other dogs so if my new family has a dog already it would be great to have a fur friend! I would do best in a home with teens and adults. Want to meet me and see if it’s a match?!

Adopt One of Our Sweet Seniors

Meet Chipa: She’s a Chipa off the old blocka! This sweet 8 year-old girl would like nothing more than to curl up on a warm lap. She loves to talk and is very affectionate. She would be a great addition to any family.

Meet Rachel: Rachel is a big, loveable 7 year old female Tuxedo! She’s affectionate, loves to play and is very round. She came to us with her buddy, Chandler, who has already been adopted. But Rachel would prefer to be the only cat anyway, so that she can get all of the attention from you once she gets to her forever home.

Meet Hank (& Frankie): Hank is a senior boy who is hanging out with his gal pal Frankie.  The two had a home in KY, but their owners were not the most conscientious. The duo wandered off multiple times and ended up at the shelter. Each time, their owners came back to rescue them, just in the knick of time. After their last adventure, the shelter thought it was best for them to find a new home with a family that would keep them safe. We’d like them to be adopted together, so we’re offering an “adopt two for the price of one” adoption special.

Pet Spotlight: Meet Cookie

Have you got a sweet tooth? We have the purrfect solution…Cookie! She is a gorgeous green-eyed Calico who is 7 years old. She was surrendered because her owner could no longer care for her. She loves napping on blankets, in baskets, and loves toy mice! She has recently become our “office cat” and greets everyone as they come in. Cookie would need to be the only pet in the house…she’s keen to give her new family her undivided attention and love!

The 5 Best Ways to Care for Your Senior Dog

How would you know if your dog has reached his seniors years? Needless to say, different species have different times of maturity but the common link between all the species is the fact that senior dogs need special care. There are a few factors that play a role in the pace at which your dog progresses towards maturity. These factors include nutrition, genetic makeup and the environment in which your dog is raised.

Why Do Senior Dogs Need Special Care?

There are a few health conditions that might crop up when your dog advances towards the older years. These can range from arthritis to dental diseases and could be quite painful to bear. There could be other issues like liver, heart and kidney problems that pose a risk to its life. This is why a senior dog needs more care and attention.

5 Essential Tips

What could you ideally do to help your senior dog? Listed below are 5 useful tips:

  1. Visits to the Vet

Getting your dog examined regularly can prevent complicated diseases from cropping up and also mitigate the risks of the ones that are hard to identify. It is always cheaper to prevent a disease than treating it.

  1. Evaluate Body Condition

Your senior dog should be regularly evaluated to find out whether it is underweight, overweight or at an ideal weight. A veterinarian is the best bet but he could teach you how to do it by yourself.

  1. High-Quality Diet

Senior dogs tend to become overweight if they are not fed the right kind of food. The trick is to meet all their nutritional needs while also keeping their weight balanced. Their diet should also be fortified with essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA so that health conditions like arthritis and joint problems can be prevented.

  1. Exercising Your Senior Dog

This could be a big challenge because the older your dog gets, the more difficult it becomes to walk it around. However, it is recommended that you start slow and increase the pace gradually. Be careful about hot and humid weather conditions that might do more harm than good.

  1. Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene forms the most important part of caring for a senior dog. As a pet parent, it is your responsibility to take effective care of your dog’s gums, teeth and mouth or else it could affect its liver, heart and kidneys. There are a few important steps that you must follow:

  • Brush Regularly

Needless to say, brushing your dog’s teeth regularly should also continue in the senior years. Either use long-handled brushes or finger brushes or always use toothpaste meant for canines.

  • Annual Cleanings

Annual cleanings of your dog’s teeth twice a year is a must in the senior years. Your vet will take a good luck at the gums and teeth to rule out any abnormalities.

  • Signs of Dental Disease

There are a few signs of dental diseases that you must keep a check on. Bad breath is the first sign that is quickly followed by disinclination towards hard food, red, swollen or bleeding gums and brown-tinted teeth.

Caring for your dog in its senior years will ensure that it has a peaceful, happy and healthy life after all the love and care it has bestowed upon you in all these years! What other reasons do you need?

Author Bio

This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.

Happy Tails: Abigail Adams and Bugs

What a Happy Tail! Last month we highlighted these two senior kitties who needed a family to open their home to both of them. These two 13 year-old girls found themselves at DAWS when their owner suddenly passed away. They had a lot going against them…their age and their need to be adopted together, but low and behold they found a new chance for love with a new family. A 93 year-old couple wanted to share their golden years with this sweet and loving pair. Abigail and Bugs are now living the good life with their new mom and dad, who dote on them daily. They will be well cared-for by their new parents, who have made arrangements for them to live out their entire lives in a loving home. We couldn’t be happier for these two sweet hearts.

Pet Spotlight: Meet Olive

Olive is a sweet 7 year-old Chihuahua mix. She’s a super-sweet senior from Kentucky whose family had to move and couldn’t take her along. She’s now at DAWS and ready for a new family to come and find her. Olive’s a mellow girl who would make an excellent snuggle buddy! She loves hanging on the couch and getting tons of belly rubs….and she’s got quite the belly to rub. She loves treats, and that means she has a few extra pounds on her, but you can help her get into her swinging senior shape. If you have room in your heart for Olive, stop by and visit her soon.