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Your Older Dog: A Complete Guide to Helping Your Dog Live a Longer and Healthier Life Paperback – April 3, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside (April 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743203097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743203098
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,322,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Watching a beloved pet age can be a painful process. Joints start creaking, tempers get short, and the sheer goofiness of the puppy you brought home years ago may disappear entirely. Your Older Dog makes this stage of your dog's life easier through some basic education. Author Jean Callahan has compiled more than 100 pages of information on exercise, nutrition, and common health concerns that you'll find helpful in easing your pup's journey from middle age to the end.

The book begins by walking you through the aging process, complete with average life expectancy for various breeds and a simple healthy-dog checklist. Clear skin and shiny coat? No unfortunate accidents after years of being successfully housetrained? Sounds like you've got a healthy dog. The section on age-related changes goes a bit deeper into specific problems to prepare for, such as urinary tract difficulties, periodontal disease, and arthritis, which are also discussed in detail later in the book. The chapter discussing alternative healing for canines covers herbs, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and chiropractors. Even if these treatments are difficult to find in your neck of the woods, the author provides helpful tips that you can try at home, such as applying a mint-filled collar for flea deterrence using nothing more than some fabric and some fresh mint.

Suggestions for exercise and nutrition will teach you ways to make sure your dog is having her changing requirements met. Like humans, dogs require fewer calories as they age, so you may need to examine her diet as well. Death and grieving are discussed sensitively, with tips for easing the process for all surviving family members. It may be true that all good things must end, but there is no reason they can't end well. --Jill Lightner

About the Author

Dog lover, author, and freelance health writer Jean Callahan has contributed to five books and written articles for Self, Glamour, Parenting, and other national magazines. She has also written and produced many newsletters on health and pets. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Bloomer on August 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've worn out my copy of this book! Jean Callahan really puts it all together for the owner of an older dog. From what to feed, to how to prevent illness this book is not only easy to read through but has a load of resources available. All the illustrations and sidebars, tips, and charts make this book a real handbook for older dog owners. If you have an older dog, get this book and keep it handy because it's a wealth of information.

Kim Bloomer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Shawn Messonnier on August 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a holistic veterinarian and author (8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog, The Allergy Solution for Dogs, and the award-winning The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats,)whose practices is devoted to our senior citizen pets, I was quite happy to see a book devoted to this special segment of our pet population. If you have an older dog, check out the good information in this special book.

Shawn Messonnier DVM
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madalyn Fliesler on April 4, 2007
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Everyone with a dog should own this book! Not a complete text but offers enough information to communicate with health care providers and gives the reader just enough background to research specific topics of interest.

The book is not just for aging dogs even though there are chapters on that subject.

The book is not attractive & updated photos would be great.

Buy it for your friends who have dogs!
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