Hello Cher! Is That You Clint? Lookin’Fab Betty!

by admin on September 6, 2011

Why mention these celebrities?  Well the new 70 is the new 60 and the new 50 is the new 40.  Right? It takes more than good genes  and great DNA to keep these celebrity motors running. Here’s how this blog is got started.

I was talking to my good friend and dog trainer, Bobbi-Lynn Riley.  I had read a newsletter that she sent out about the end of summer and how she’s still involved in dog training for pups.  But her news letter was about NOT forgetting about our seniors.  Our companions that have been with us from the beginning of time.

So, I called her up and said “I have to write about our senior dogs”.  We both have seniors. And both of our seniors are Rockn’ it still.  I’ll tell you all the secrets farther down this blog.  And you know, I never keep any secrets from you.  Heck, you might already know of a couple more  ideas to add to this list!

Caring for our family, as they age and mature, is different.  I go bananas for that new puppy, but in our business of caring for dogs, we never forget about our seniors.  So, I asked Bobbi-Lynn if I could pinch some of her thoughts and ideas for my blog.  Being the fabulous giver that she is, a resounding “YES” came out of her mouth. “Wonderful!  Let’s pay this forward and educate our pals out there who will be having seniors soon.”

Here are the simple tips that will help out our senior companions:

1. Don’t overfeed your dog.  If they are less active, they need less food and treats.  There’s nothing wrong with giving your dog a few treats, but don’t overdo it.  If you senior is more active, use your best judgement here. Treat’s don’t equal love.

2. Senior dogs, as well as all dogs and pups need regular vet visits.  These visits give you and your vet the time needed to review their well-being and address concerns.  This is the time to get an annual blood panel to detect any unusual issues.  Thyroid, kidneys, liver and other organs can be monitored well with the annual blood draw.

3. Stimulate your dog’s brain to keep them alert and cognizant.  Just like us, our brains lose their “flexibility”, if they aren’t exercised.  Give them a kong toy and let them figure out how to get the treat out.  Dogs love to learn.  Keeping teaching them.  They will thank you all the way to the head of the class.

4.  Keep your dog’s mouth clean!  Hey a clean mouth and clean dental hygiene, prevents an entire problem for you.  Head this off before it costs you not only money, but maintaining your dog’s health.  Regular brushing, regular dental cleaning is not a choice but a must.

Oh, by the by, Bobbi-Lynn Riley, www.RileyDogTraining.com, has been a good friend and a great advisor for my company and me. She’s kind of my encyclopedia of help and dog well-being go to gal. 

Remember that 50 year old can be the new 40 with these hints from Bobbi-Lynn.

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Hugs and Licks from The Dog Buddha.  Hey, You look Marvelous! 50 and Fabulous!

 

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Peggy September 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Good information in there and also a bit of justification for me to have recently cut back Lucy’s diet a little so she can lose a pound or two and get around a little easier. She’s starting to have a harder time with steps and I think some of it’s her weight associated with her advancing years. She’s only 9 or so (? rescue from Melanie O’Brien, former puppy mill pug) but it’s catching up with her.

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admin September 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Peggy, thank you for the read! Your comments will certainly help others as lots of us, including me have seniors that we love dearly and want them healthy and happy for many years to come. Your comments help me out as well.

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