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Complete Care for Your Aging Dog [Kindle Edition]

Amy Shojai
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Book Description

Advances in veterinary medicine have nearly doubled how long a dog lives. But old dogs have unique health and emotional needs, senior dog food and nutrition, and aging dog medical care. A longer life means old dogs suffer age-related conditions such as dog cancer, kidney failure in dogs, dog diabetes, arthritis in dogs, stroke in dogs, and dementia in dogs, all of which can be successfully managed with your loving assistance.


"Chock-full of lifesaving and life-enhancing facts--but incredibly moving and readable--the book is guaranteed to help your beloved pet live a happier, healthier, fuller life. While this comprehensive and groundbreaking book presents cutting edge medical information, Shojai makes sure that it's proven and practical. Captivating true stories of 'successful agers' will motivate you to make sure you give your pets the best care possible." --Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian on Doctor Oz Show, and Good Morning America

"Once again Amy has done it! VERY important, useful and valuable information in a concise, easy to read work. Our pets are living longer--and with this interesting and complete book--healthier lives. If you have a middle aged to older pet, this book is a Must Have!" --DR. JIM HUMPHRIES, Veterinarian, Contributing Editor to CBS's The Early Show, and National Veterinary Spokesperson

"Need a quick reference? Complete Care for Your Aging Dog provides a practical, easy-to-read guide about health care for the aging dog. If you have an aging dog, this is a 'must read' book. It provides simple question-and-answer treatment of essentials of aging dogs." --Dr. Johnny D. Hoskins, Internist for older dogs and cats

Award Winning Book Keeps Your Aging Dog Loving Longer, Living Better!

You can teach an old dog new tricks—and give him the best care possible. As dogs age, elderly dogs deserve and require special dog health care to prevent dog problems. COMPLETE CARE FOR YOUR AGING DOG explains how old do dogs live, how old is a “senior dog,” and old dogs health and behavior changes. You’ll find all the must know information about old dogs, dogs illness and dog symptoms, with veterinary advice for keeping your old dog healthy and treating your sick dog if necessary.

Complete Care for Your Aging Dog contains the answers you need to care for your old dog. Pet expert Amy Shojai explains:

• How to entice your older dog into getting more exercise
• What changes to expect as your dog ages—and which changes are natural and which are warning signs that should send you to the veterinarian
• Which pet-specific over-the-counter dog medications every owner should keep on hand
• How to use the L.O.V.E. Program to keep your dog loving longer and living better
• Tips on everything from choosing the right products and dog foods for your aging dog
• How to offer old dogs nursing care at home for common old dog conditions
• Information about dog symptoms and canine treatments for dog cancer, kidney failure in dogs, dog hypothyroidism, dog diabetes, blind dogs, deaf dogs, dog stroke, doggy diarrhea, canine constipation, urine incontinence, old dogs not eating, and more.

Filled with heartwarming stories, the latest developments in treating canine illnesses in old dogs, age-defying tips, and comprehensive reference material, this is the definitive guide to turning back the clock on aging--and keeping senior dogs vital, happy, and active throughout their golden years.

Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant, and appears on Animal Planet's CATS 101 and DOGS 101. She is the author of more than two-dozen award winning pet care books including COMPLETE CARE FOR YOUR AGING CAT.

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  • File Size: 1516 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: FurryMuse Publications; 2 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YJEWZ8
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on senior dog health March 28, 2011
This great new update includes information from previously interviewed specialists along with their current locations and affiliations in case you need to track them down. Going to specialists in many of the areas she covers allows Amy to include up to date, hard to find health information that can make life easier for you and your senior dog.

The book is divided into two parts. Part One deals with the whole aging process of your dog. Useful tips on nursing care, advanced care and in the end, making choices for your elderly pet are all dealt with in depth.

Chapter Three has a great acronym for senior dog care: L.O.V.E. The "L" stands for "Listen with your heart". You know your elderly dog better than anyone else. So your intuition will go off when your dog is "not right". Respect your instincts! "O" stands for "Observe for changes." Carefully observe your dog's behavior as well as obvious signs of ill health such as diarrhea. Is he suddenly reluctant to go down the stairs when it is dark out? Do you have to get up in the middle of the night to let him out? A diary or journal can be extremely helpful in tracking any changes for his health history.

For the letter "V" Amy has "Visit the Veterinarian". Most senior pets should have at least two physical exams a year. This exam should be a thorough checkup from nose to tail. Bloodwork and a urinalysis may be suggested as well. Letter "E" stands for "Enrich the environment". Nutrition, exercise, grooming and mental stimulation are all important facets of great care for your senior dog.

Part Two of the book is A to Z Health Concerns. Amy goes through a wide range of potential senior dog ailments.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone with an aging dog August 23, 2010
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I'd highly recommend this wonderful book. Not only is it a valuable reference for my kindle, but an enjoyable read as well that will give you a new insight into your old canine friends. I've owned multiple dogs my entire life and I've been down the aging dog road many times before, but I've been surprised just how much I've learned from this book. I wish I'd had it years ago and I'm glad I have it now. There is much wisdom within and it's worth every penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, Great Information! April 5, 2011
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This very well-written book has helped a lot of people and will help a lot more. It covers so much material that is of tremendous value with an aging dog.

No matter whether you consider your dog "old" or not, this is a good book for you to read. It will help you to notice things, to prepare for things, and to think ahead. After all, it's not "if" our dogs will get old and pass on, it's "when." Being better prepared will help you make things better for your dog. It will also make SO much difference in how you are able to deal with the dog's aging and with your loss.

It's also very helpful in making decisions. There are many decisions to make about an aging dog's care--more than there have ever been before, I think it is true to say.

I remember when a dog of mine was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma, and the process I went through on making decisions. My veterinarian is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful at dealing with me and my dogs. I've been going to him since the early 1970s, and he's still doing a fantastic job with my Standard Poodle assistance/service dog. The book also discusses dealing with veterinarians. Over the years my veterinarian has referred me to surgical specialists and others with specific situations. You want a veterinarian who will do that when it's the right thing to do.

Read this book. You'll be very glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A manual to read August 31, 2013
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There is no one book that sums up everything to do for your aging pet. It is a gathering of many books, manuals that help to give us that outlook into our aging pets lives. I like this book because it approaches the area of aging pets in a more pet owner approach and how to help your pet. Every bit of information we can gather on how our pets may age, problems they may face and how we can make their lives better to the very last minute is priceless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boring and Difficult for owners April 5, 2014
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At the beginning it seems it will be ok to read it as a dog owner not a dog professional… Actually the beginning it was kind of boring if you have already been living with an older dog and care for him/her. From middle to end it is starting being difficult and uninteresting as so many pages on medicines and stuff alike that also depend on the professionals you have for your dog. Besides all that I haven't read any word on old dogs as 12/13/14 years old or over that, as it is my case with a Labrador Retriever over 14 very well cared put to know. Maybe it would be recommended for veterinarians but as I am not one I think it might be too popular for them.
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More About the Author

Amy Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant, a spokesperson for the pet products industry, and the author of 26 nonfiction pet books. She also writes THRILLERS WITH BITE! which includes the dog-viewpoint thrillers LOST AND FOUND and HIDE AND SEEK.

Amy empowers pet lovers by providing the information they need to make informed decisions for their cats and dogs. She specializes in translating "medicalese" into easily understood jargon-free language, making it accessible to all pet lovers. Oh, and she loves bling-icity!

Amy addresses a wide range of fun-to-serious issues in her work, covering dog and cat training, behavior, natural and allopathic health care, nutrition, first aid, aging pets, "the bond" and cutting-edge medical topics. Her work has been honored with over three dozen writing awards and she is a two-time recipient of the "Friskies Writer of the Year" award. Her work appears in the Herald Democrat newspaper, on and and she's published several thousand articles and columns during her career. She presents a twice-monthly "Pet Talk" segment at KXII-CBS, and hosts the weekly "Pet Peeves" at and is an expert on Animal Planet DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Sometimes she has time to sleep.

Amy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and in USA Weekend, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Woman's World, and many other leading newspapers and magazines. She has also been a featured pet care expert on Animal Planet Dogs 101, Cats 101, Petsburgh USA/Disney Channel program, Good Day New York, Fox News: Pet News, NBC Today Show, WGN-Chicago "Pet Central" and "Animal Planet Radio" and many others.

She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, founder and Past President of the Cat Writers' Association, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and Past President and Honorary Lifetime Member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She frequently speaks to groups on a variety of pet-related and writing issues, lectures at veterinary and writer conferences, and conducts training and behavior demonstrations around the country.

She and her husband live with Seren-Kitty the Siamese wannabe, Magical-Dawg the German Shepherd, and other assorted critters at Rosemont, their thirteen-acre "spread" in north Texas. Find more information about her work at and follow her Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog at

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