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Complete Care for Your Aging Dog [Kindle Edition]

Amy Shojai
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Book Description

UPDATED! Filled with heartwarming chicken soup -like stories, and the latest developments in veterinary care advice for dogs health care for old dogs, this is the definitive guide for keeping senior dogs vital, happy, and active throughout their golden years. You'll learn:
  • How long do dogs live and how dogs age
  • Normal aging changes for dogs
  • Warning signs to get dogs veterinarian help
  • Over the counter medications for dogs & home remedies
  • Doggy diapers, care products & DIY options
  • How-to nursing care for dogs: pilling dogs, administering fluid therapy & more
  • Ways to increase old dog exercise and how to exercise dogs minds
  • Choosing dog food for old dogs
  • How to get dogs to eat
  • Symptoms & treatments for: arthritis, blind dogs, brain tumors, dog cancer, deaf dogs, dog dental problems, dog diabetes, dog heart disease, dog kidney problems, dog liver disease, dog obesity, dog senility, dog stroke, dog urinary incontinence
Certified cat behavior expert Amy Shojai includes an encyclopedia of comprehensive dog reference material from her own experience and interviews with over 100 veterinary experts. The A-to-Z list of dog health conditions common to old dogs lists medical symptoms, veterinary treatment and research, understanding dog quality of life and making death decisions (and helping children understand pet loss), and home care tips to save money when caring for aging dogs.

Categories include: aging dogs, old dogs, dog care and health, dog death and grief, blind dogs, home remedies for dogs, nursing care for dogs, grieving the loss of a pet, putting a pet to sleep, veterinary care

Editorial Reviews



"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 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

From the Author

Hey there, thanks for finding me on Author Central--and it appears we have "cat love" in common! I currently live with an 8-years-young German Shepherd and cherish every day that I have him. Like you, I want my dog to live long, happy and healthy life as he ages; it's vital to recognize when pets need help. Of course, the veterinarian is a key partner for your pets' health care, but YOU can do so much to keep your dogs emotionally healthy and assist in their physical well being.

That's why I wrote COMPLETE CARE FOR YOUR AGING DOG. Even 20 or 30 years wouldn't be enough time to spend with a beloved canine--and we want a pets' golden years to be as happy as possible. So the book contains actionable advice. It's not simply a "go to the vet" book, although that of course is important. I want to empower you to recognize both healthy dog and problem dog issues, learn how to help your friend yourself, and promote a positive pet partnership with your other care-givers including the vet.

This book is a companion volume to COMPLETE CARE FOR YOUR AGING CAT, which covers old-age issues for your feline companion. At the other end of the spectrum, I've also written COMPLETE KITTEN CARE and COMPLETE PUPPY CARE, part of my list of 30+ pet care titles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935712357
  • Publisher: FurryMuse Publications; 2 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YJEWZ8
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10 of 10 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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 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 30 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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