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Assessing Your Senior Dogs Quality of Life

Updated on June 30, 2011

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Assessing Your Senior Dog's Quality of Life

Anyone who has a dog approaching their senior years, especially if this is the owners first time, has probably wondered how to evaluated their dog’s quality of life. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) developed a chart with general guidelines they use to evaluate animals quality of life during the senior years. To assess how your senior dog might rate, see "Assessing Your Senior Dog's Quality of Life" on my website using the link below.

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What to Expect of Yourself as Your Dog Ages?

It is undeniable that while watching your dog age, and cope with chronic illness that you will experience feelings of your own. Some of what you may feel will be denial, anger, guilt, depression, acceptance and resolution. These are all normal feelings of grieving and loss. It is important that you talk about your dog. Let your family and friends know what you are going through. Like your dog, expect to have good and bad days with your feelings. Not all older dogs need euthanasia. On rare occasions, an older dog may pass away peacefully at home surrounded family. Do not be hard on yourself. You are doing the best you can for both of you. Do not second guess yourself. Since the day you initially made the decision to own a dog - you do have your dog’s best interests in mind. If your feelings of grief drag you down so much that you can not function, and can not enjoy your aging dog, please seek professional help. This is a time when you should both be enjoying yourselves within your physical and emotional limitations. Your dog just wants to continue with the daily routine, day in and day out. Do not stress yourself out worrying about how to spoil your dog. Each moment is special in it’s own way. Your dog does not dwell or worry about the future - dogs are only concerned about the present. Watching your dog age can be hard on you. Remember to take time for yourself and that all these feeling are a temporary phase. In time, you will feel better.

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      greg g zaino 7 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      great hub! peace greg z