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Caring for Senior Pets at the End and Beyond

WHY I FEED MY SENIOR PET FROM AN ELEVATED FEEDER

How Dogs Affection Makes You A Better Person

Do You Want Your Senior Pets To Live Longer?

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Caring for Senior Pets at the End and Beyond

We love them. We care for them. And as much as they mean to us, we mean the world to our pets. That’s why it’s so very bittersweet to watch them grow older. Dogs, in particular, hide their pain, so it’s not uncommon for their end of life to seem sudden and surprising. Many people will try to minimize the loss— since it’s not a human life— but most pet owners are deeply bonded with their animal companions. And there is nothing minimal about that.

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WHY I FEED MY SENIOR PET FROM AN ELEVATED FEEDER

It was something about the breathing that got to me. Something about the rasping of air in and out and the whistle of his breaths while trying to eat. It shouldn’t have to be this hard for Lakota to get comfortable eating. My solution was to try an elevated feeder in hopes that it would make him comfortable. Hunched down, head low to the ground and feet slipping out from under him. Ugh. I hated seeing him this way especially because he still enjoyed his meals. A strong, powerful dog, now powerless. Why do the years have to do this to our...

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How Dogs Affection Makes You A Better Person

How Dogs Affection Makes You A Better Person Affection: Noun Fond attachment, devotion or love It was something about the way he gazed into my eyes. There was a shadow, a shade not present before. His warm paw on my foot was shaking, quivering ever so tenderly. I knew it was time to say good-bye. He was willing me to take care of it - for him. -His soft sigh. -His raspy cough. -His silken tongue was hanging from his mouth. He tried to hold on as long as he could… but his eyes were silently but proudly telling me it...

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Do You Want Your Senior Pets To Live Longer?

Do You Want Your Senior Pets To Live Longer? My kids always ask me why I write about senior pets because to them it's heartbreaking to think about. How can I write about older pet knowing what the final outcome will be? Truth is, I hate the fact that Keira is aging, not knowing how much time I have left with her. She is the reason I’ve made it through many difficult times in my life and the passing of her will be just as hard, if not tougher. I think we can all agree that our pets don’t live...

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