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Senior Pets - Small Changes Can Make Big Impact (Episode 31)

Posted by Mia Horberg on Oct 3, 2019 5:07:39 PM


After recording the first podcast in our senior pet series, on the benefits of senior pet adoption, my wife and I went ahead and dove headfirst into that challenge and picked up our newest 10 year old family member just a month or so later.

Before picking up, Mabel (formerly Peanut, who you will hear more about on a future episode), we knew she was dealing with a few health issues, including Pug Myelopathy (weak rear) and we would have to be making some adjustments around the house to ensure her safety.

Our French Bulldog, Marshall, while blessed with very few serious issues, has developed some IVDD over his 11 ½ years, so we had already made some adjustments to the house prior to her arrival.

Unfortunately, Marshall's sight isn't what it used to be and it's hard to tell whether they are both hearing impaired or just ignoring me (I think a combo of both), but it's safe to assume there will need to be more adjustments in the near future.

This episode I ask Dr. J and certified dog trainer and behavior consultant Cathy Madson for advice, tips, and tricks for making sure I am doing everything I can to provide my senior pups, and my cat who will eventually be a senior, with the best quality of life as they grow older and their needs change.

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Topics: Dogs, Cats, Senior Pets, hearing loss, Arthritis, Mobility Issues

The Benefits of Senior Pet Adoption

Posted by Mia Horberg on Jul 1, 2019 8:12:53 PM


This episode, Dr. J, Cathy, and I talk about the many benefits of adopting senior dogs and cats. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked at the shelters, but we believe a lot of that may be due to misunderstanding and misinformation.

Seniors are filled with love, and many are also filled with a whole lot of life! You may be surprised at how well an older dog or cat fits in with your lifestyle.

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Topics: Dog Behavior, Senior Pets, adult dog tips, pet adoption, Senior Dogs, Senior Cats

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