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Should a new puppy be
introduced into a family with the older dog?
Sometimes the older dog gets a more acute awareness of his age and debilities, causing him undue stress and unhappiness. On the plus side, some older dogs have been known to become rejuvenated by a new canine family member. A sedate older dog can sometimes act as a calming influence upon a young boisterous puppy. Chewing and barking problems are sometimes lessened when anxiety is diminished through companionship.
But, here again, it is just as possible for a new dog to pick up bad habits from an older dog, as it is likely that he will pick up the good habits. We advise that you do both yourself and your dog a service by not introducing a new puppy into the family until such time as your present devoted companion has died.
Are there special food considerations for diabetic dogs?
Yes. In general, you should not be using the semi-moist packaged foods for a diabetic dog, because of the sugar they contain that moderate in whole grains, and high in high biological-value dairy products.
Do older dogs tend to get fat?
Dogs in general tend to be
overfed. They are being killed with kindness through frequent snacking.
However, older dogs, like people, will tend to loose muscle tone.
Overfeeding and lack of exercise will cause any age dog to become
Usually yes, again depending
upon the status of the heart and the kidneys. All of this should be
thoroughly checked out before the older dog is anesthetized. The
anesthesia provides a greater risk than the surgery. If the dog is
competently evaluated before surgery, there should only be a
one-percent risk factor of anesthetic death.
How old should a bitch be when weaning her last litter?
In general, a female should not be more than five years old when weaning her last litter, nor younger than the second heat, which means between one and two years old. She should also be bred only every other heat, which means a total of three or four litters throughout a female's lifetime.
Is the older dog more affected by heat prostration?
Yes, an older dog's thermostat
does not work as well, so he will be more affected by extremes of heat
and cold. If a dog has a bad heart or bad kidneys, he will be more
affected than the healthier dog. However, if you were to put a
two-year-old dog and an eleven-year- old, both in good physical
condition, into a sun-baked car, they will both suffer with equal
severity and trauma.
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