Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Guest Post

today we are allowing Mr. Alex to write a guest post on our blog regarding

The Most Common Health Problems Of Older Dogs

Here are the most common health problems of older dogs. A dogs health just like ours slowly deteriorates as they grow old. Does your dog get around slowly and get tired really easily, preferring to just sit around virtually the entire day? Well, if your dog is having those traits mentioned then they are likely to have serious troubles when they get older. And when your dog is old you must be ready for some health problems coming your dog's way. However, with some proper care, you can prevent some troubles that are common to the aging process.

So here are the 5 most common health problems of older dogs.

Dental Problems - Teeth and gum problems are just two of the common health problems of older dogs. Dogs dental problems are usually bad breath, too much salivation, swollen gums, and having a hard time in chewing food. In order for you to give them relief if they have any dental problems, you can apply oregon-grape or echinacea on their gums using a ball of cotton. It reduces the pain that dental problems give as well as it helps in enhancing gum growth. Also, a regular brushing regimen is recommended at least 1 time per week. Use either a dog tooth brush or a rubber finger brush (looks like a nubbed rubber thimble) and make sure you get toothpaste made for dogs, not humans. Also, a good hard beef bone will help to remove plaque from your dogs teeth.


Visual and Hearing Problems - Just like eyesight and hearing problems in older people, dogs also can experience that kind of problem when they become senior dogs.

 Eye problems can be possibly cataract and glaucoma. If you don't take action, the problem can get worse and will lead to cloudy eyes and even loss of vision. Apart from visual problems, your dog can also have a hearing impairment as they age. So you can prevent this from happening or slow it by feeding them foods that are rich in Vitamins A, E, and C. A good diet rich in meat protein is essential for your dogs health. Avoid cheap dog foods filled with grains.

Arthritis - Among the most common health problems of older dogs, arthritis is indeed the most usual one. Almost all dogs all over the world, especially the big ones face this very painful problem that's rooting from the joints. Difficulty in moving around, swelling of the joints, and stiffness are the symptoms that you should observe when your dog has arthritis. Lessen the suffering or possibly prevent it by giving them foods rich in Vitamin C and Bromelain and give them an anti-inflammatory like fish oil.

And these are the most common health problems of older dogs. Just always remember that your dog is a loyal companion and when they get old you must be ready to take care of them more.
Thank you Mr. Alex

Alex Fields is a dog owner and loves to write about them.
He writes for Bling Bling Puppy an online dog store


  1. Thanks for a helpful post! My sissy is a senior, and she does pretty well even with her arthritis!

  2. Wonderful blog post. We don't have older dogs over here, but some of our friends to. It's always good to know what is going on.

    Have a great day.

    hugs, Max, Bugsy and Knuckles

  3. Helloooo Benny & Lilly ~ I take a dog multi vitamin everyday. Lee reads labels and the top thing is meat in my dog food. You are so good about telling us these things.
    Thanks for being a friend,
    Pssss ~ Hint in our contest, what do you see in the picture.

  4. Hi benny and lily:
    that was a really good post, "mean ole cat Dietzman" is fifteen years old and mom takes really good care of him.. with vitamins etc.
    Sam is just two and pretends to have a hearing problem espically when he is outside running wild and doesn't want to come inside...
    trudie is 6 but mom thinks because of her first life, she looks much older so she also gives her vitamins etc. to help her body heal...and of course i always eat my fruits and veggies....
    have a great day
    stella rose

  5. Very good post, Mr. Alex. Our old boy Phantom is almost 14. His vision isn't too bad, maybe not as sharp as it once was. We know his hearing is pretty bad, and his teeth are so-so. But he has not been a good eater for years and years, and not for lack of trying by Mom. But we guess we have to be thankful for every day we have him here with us.

    The rest of us are all in pretty good shape. We aren't crazy about the teeth brushing but we do let Mom get it done.

    Thanks for the good information.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  6. THIS is a SUPER SUPER post. My mom loves to brush our teefs. Ernie and I are Both very much GLAD about THAT.

    THANKS fur the FANGtastic post. No pun intended.

  7. Great post. Our vet says fresh uncooked chicken wings are great for the teeth but I am not allowed them anymore after burying one in the bed. Have a great day.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. Boy Alex is talented, he has a guest post up on our blog today too:)

  9. Yes, Dip has only 5 teeth now and is getting a bit creaky on her back legs.
    There doesn't seem much wrong with her eyesight though, she can spot a crumb on the carpet from miles away, lol!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  10. What a great guest post! thanks for sharing all those wonderful tips. :)

  11. We have mostly seniors here with 11 year old Tubby, 10 year old Norbert, and 9 year old ping and Baby, Scotter, and Ernie the cats are 12, 9, and 7. All are doing really well (knock on wood and cross paws) except for some arthritis but we try hard to keep a close eye on our older babies

    urban hounds

  12. It seems like tooth issues are one that we can really do something about. We've also started giving our young dogs lots of supplements to try to ward off arthritis but we don't know yet if it's helping.

    Like the guest article!

  13. Thank you for the helpful tips Mr. Alex!

  14. Thanks for the information. Though I, Daisy, am ONLY 9--considered on the edge of being a senior by some silly people--SHE's always on the look out for anything that may be affecting me.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  15. This is good to know. I am 12 so I have years before I need to worry about ay of this. Well, that's my story and I am sticking to it.

  16. You almost lost me on this post because I couldn't tear myself away from looking at Mr. Alex's handsome face! LOL
    Anyway, I'm lucky that my dog is 4 years old and not any older but when I start noticing her signs of aging I will remember this advice!

  17. I (sadly) am getting up there in age and thank your guest for all this great advice.

    I fight the tooth brushing thing, but my peep tries to get it done.

    My eyes are also getting a little cloudy. *sigh*

    Peeps are aging too, though...so it's all relative:)

  18. Interesting comments and input every buddys

  19. Thank you for this wonderful guest post and for sharing all this information.

  20. Stanzie says "Thank You". She is looking for new ways to comfort her arthritis pain. 'Rimadyl' makes her sick to her tummy. So we are starting a natural supplement 'Ligaplex'. Paws crossed and thanks for the reminder to brush teeth :D

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  21. That was really great and thank you.

    Loveys Sasha

  22. Thank you for the great info.

    Teddy Bear & Sierra

  23. These are great... thank you Mr. Alex!

  24. Yeah, us "senior" doxies know all about it! Another sign of aging is Canine Cognitive Dysfunction or doggie dimentia.
    Our beloved Xena suffered with CCD & was peacefully laid to rest in January.

    (((Hugs)) your friends
    Oskar & Schatzi


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