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Your Aging Pet!

Updated on February 6, 2013

Your Aging Pet And You!

To many of us, our pets are a part of the family. As they age they get the same illnesses and pains that we get and we do our best to make their last years as comfortable as possible.

Some of our family and friends think that we're crazy for going to the extremes that we do for a cat or a dog, but then they don't realize how much that cat or dog means to us.

Your Aging Pet is here to try to help you take care of your pet in his/her old age. Why? Because our pet means everything to us and we're willing to do all we can to take care of him and make his last years enjoyable. We can not, and will not "put him to sleep" just because others do not feel the same about him as we do.


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Human-Animal Bonding

Animal love or animal friendship is the feeling of affection people have towards animals. For most people, love for an animal is a part of the affection they have for their pet, an emotion of bonding or companionship which can border on affection, fondness, or love. For others it takes on deeper or even compulsive forms, surrounding themselves with often stray animals out of compassion and becoming somewhat isolated from society.

The love for animals stems from many causes. For many people, bonding to a pet or animal is a natural and valued process - children often do this very deeply, as do many adults who consider themselves animal lovers. For some people, strong ethical stances are also a part of their love for animals - for example, in connection with or related to conservationism, environmentalism, and/or veganism/vegetarianism. One can love animals out of a general respect for nature and the environment, or become a vegetarian or conservationist out of one's love for animals.

Grief over the loss of a pet is often trivialised, and people who have not experienced it themselves may add to the problem by making insensitive remarks such as "It was just a cat" or "You can always get another".

The loss of a pet or a non-human animal to which one has become emotionally bonded can be an intense loss, comparable with the death of a loved one.

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My sister had Rat Terriers that were prone to having seizures. In her case the seizures affected the males and not the females and the cause has never been determined. The veterinarian has them on medication to try to control the seizures, but they still tend to become more frequent and severe as the dogs age.

Seizures can be caused from many things.

1. Congenital defects

2. Blood glucose levels that are too high or too low

3. Low oxygen levels in the blood that could be caused by anemia, heart problems, or difficulties with breathing

4. Kidney disorders

5. Liver disorders

6. Infections such as canine distemper

7. Tumors

8. Toxins, like antifreeze, lead, or chocolate

9. Fevers and hyperthermia

10.Brain damage resulting from trauma or poor blood flow to the brain

11.Certain medications

12.Low calcium in females that are nursing young

13.Primary or idiopathic epilepsy

To help your veterinarian in diagnosing what is causing the seizures you should note as much information as possible. How your pet was acting before the seizure? Was he excited about something? Was he sleeping? Playing? How long did the seizure last and how frequent are they?

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In Memory Of Brewster

Brewster was an important part of our family for thirteen years. He is the Boston Terrier pictured in the introduction.

Brewster died last week, 8/9/07, and we miss him very much. I hope the pain passes shortly, but I know we'll think of him often.

He was an exceptional dog! As a pup he was probably the easiest pet to housebreak that I have ever known. Brewster didn't have a mean bone in his body, and you would swear that he knew what you were talking about ninty percent of the time.

You couldn't have asked for a closer friend and companion.

I miss him terribly!

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Pet Insurance! Do You Need It?

What is Pet Insurance? Pet Insurance is very similar to human health insurance which offers a range of programs tailored to suit the needs of domestic pets. While pet insurance remains a relatively underdeveloped product in North America, with less than 1% of all pets being insured, European levels of insured pets range from 12% to 50%.

QuickCare Pet Insurance: QuickCare offers accident and illness coverage for your dog or cat and financial protection for you! Your pet is a part of your family, prepare for the unexpected. At QuickCare, we're committed to eliminating the financial stress associated with your dog's or cat's healthcare needs through a selection of affordable easy to understand pet insurance programs.

Why do I need Pet Insurance? Advances in the field of animal medicine have been exponential in past decades allowing veterinarians to successfully treat conditions that were previously considered untreatable. However with these advances comes an escalating cost of veterinary care. It is estimated that North American pet guardians now spend over $10 billion a year on healthcare for their pets.

Consider these facts: One in three pets will need emergency veterinary treatment every year.

Two out of every three pets experience a significant health problem during their lifetime.


Tumors seem to be pretty common in dogs and cats. Some of them can be relatively harmless but others can be cancerous. It is important to have your vet take a look at the tumor. Your vet will advise you as to removing the tumors or leaving them alone.

About 20% of tumors in dogs are mast cell tumors which can be a very serious form of cancer in a dog. These tumors are rare in cats and humans.

Many years ago we had a nine year old minature Dachshund who developed tumors. Our vet informed us that they were cancerous and needed to be removed. Wanting the best for Dutchess, we had him remove the tumors. Within a few months she developed new tumors and they seemed to spread everywhere. They were to numerous to be removed so we ended up having her on pain medication until her death.

Now we have a twelve year old Boston Terrier who has developed these tumors that appear to be the same. Brewster does not appear to have any pain with these tumors yet. He has had these tumors for about two years now, and although the vet would remove them, we are hesitant.

With the experience that we had with Dutchess, we would not want to see Brewster go through the same thing and right now these tumors do not seem to bother him. Do we leave them alone and let nature take it's course or do we have them removed and take the chance that they will spread and lead to pain for him?

If your pet has tumors, this is a decision that you will need to make. Do not be afraid to question your vet to get all of the facts before you proceed. Then "you" decide what is best for your pet.

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Rainbow Bridge Poem

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

- Author Unknown

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Euthanasia: Having A Pet "Put To Sleep"

Animal euthanasia (Greek, "good death") is the act of inducing humane death in an animal. Euthanasia methods are designed to cause minimal pain and distress. In pet animals, this process is commonly referred to by the euphemisms "put to sleep" or "put down".

Reasons for euthanasia:

Terminal illness - e.g. cancer

Behavioral problems - e.g. aggression

Stray and feral animal overpopulation - not enough adoptive homes

Illness or broken limbs that would cause suffering for the animal to live with, or when the owner has insufficient financial reserves to pay for (or a moral objection to) treatment.

Small animal euthanasia is typically performed in a veterinary clinic or hospital, or in an animal shelter, and is usually carried out by a veterinarian, or a veterinary technician working under the vet's supervision. Often animal shelter workers are trained to do euthanasia as well. Some veterinarians will perform the euthanasia at the pet owner's home - this is virtually mandatory in the case of large animal euthanasia.

While the thought of "putting your pet to sleep" is heartbreaking and to many of us a definite "no", there comes a time when we must decide if we're saying no for the sake of the pet or because we can not stand the idea of being without him/her.

I did not believe in euthanasia until our miniture Dachshund became deathly ill with cancer back in 84. She was nine years old and had developed tumors that we could tell were painful.

The vet removed the tumors but they kept returning and getting more numerous. We kept putting off "putting her to sleep" because we did not believe in it.

Dutchess got to the point that we had to carry her outside to go to the bathroom. She lay around moaning because the pain medication was doing little good if any at all. It would break your heart the way she looked at us as if asking why we weren't helping her.

We finally decided that she should not have to suffer like this and had the vet put her to sleep. I stood there petting her and soothing her as the vet gave her a shot. It was as if she just dozed off into a deep sleep.

To have your pet put to sleep is a decision that only you can make. I would not condone it unless my pet were suffering a great deal, and even then it will be extremely heartbreaking but watching your pet suffer is not a good thing either.

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Innovative Solutions Serving Over 80 Million Senior Pets

NEW YORK, NY - (September 8, 2011) If you know anyone with a pet, you understand that pets are part of the family. But did you know that approximately 50% of the U.S. pet population (over 80 million dogs and cats) is over age 7? With increased access to superior healthcare, pets are living much longer and deserve special products created for their evolving needs.

After extensive research and understanding the challenges pet-parents face with their aging pets and the needs of pets themselves, Quaker Pet Group (QPG) created an extensive health and wellness line just for seniors to help make them happy, healthy, and comfortable in their older years: SILVER TAILS™ Senior Pet Products.

To-date, an entire product collection of health and wellness solutions for the underserved and ever-growing senior pet population has been non-existent. QPG is launching its Silver Tails collection with the following senior product innovations: a hand-held massager (standard and infrared), a specially-formulated dental care system, bamboo-charcoal pet bed covers and mats, magnetic therapy collars, Bottoms-Up™ support harnesses, age-appropriate chew toys, flavor enhancing supplement powder, and soft-chew treats.

"A silver tail deserves to keep wagging. As pet-parents ourselves, we saw first-hand the changes our four-legged friends go through later in life, and saw an opportunity to not only fill a needed market gap but also make a real difference in pets' lives," states Quaker Pet Group's President and Chief Operating Officer Neil Werde. "Easing the stress associated with the care of older pets, we know Silver Tails products will make a huge impact towards improving the lives of pets and pet-parents. Our retail partners like PETCO® understand the needs of senior pets, and we are thrilled they are bringing the entire line of product innovations to market to improve the lives of this fast-growing and underserved segment of aging pets."

Silver Tails Products' Features and Benefits:

• Hand-Held Massager - Ergonomically-designed massager improves health by promoting circulation, bonding, and relief from age-related discomfort and stress; Sizing easily adjusts comfortably for every hand

• Infrared Hand-Held Massager - Used for years by Veterinarians, infrared therapy has deep-penetrating and soothing effects on sore muscles, arthritic joints and common challenges like hip dysplasia

• Vet Tech™ Dental Care System - Invented by a leading Veterinarian, this easy-to-use bristle-less dental cleaning system is safe and effective for dogs and cats to clean and polish teeth and sensitive gums; Handheld toothbrush comes with disposable and highly-absorbent microfiber heads for maximum hygiene; Specially-formulated enzyme cleaning solution is highly palatable and effective

• Bamboo-Charcoal Mats - This holistic material reacts with the pet's own body heat and effectively eliminates odor, absorbs moisture, and promotes improved blood circulation; Padded throw mats come in 2 sizes for use on floor, furniture and car interiors, have a non-skid bottom for added traction, and includes sturdy integrated handles for lifting and moving older pets; Machine washable cover and hand-washable inner lining

• Bamboo-Charcoal Pet Bed Covers - Comfortable bed covers feature a waterproof lining and are available in 2 shapes and sizes to fit most pet beds; Highly effective in absorbing moisture and eliminating odors; Infrared rays and negative ions are known to relieve aches, pains and joint discomfort naturally

• Magnetic Therapy Collars - Believed to be effective for arthritis, muscle and joint pain, wound healing, nerve injury and general fatigue, this natural, non-invasive, and patented magnetic design fits most existing dog and cat collars; Each includes flexible 500+ Gauss magnets known to improve circulation, energize, and increase oxygenated blood flow while stimulating a pet's natural healing process

• Bottoms Up™ Harness - Specially-designed to relieve the weight from hind legs and hips while aiding maneuverability and steadying older, overweight, post-surgical and/or arthritic dogs; Attachable leash for comfort and stability when walking and patented design allows elimination without removing the harness; One size adjusts to fit dogs 20 to 150 pounds.

• Senior Friendly Chew Toys - Promoting mental and physical stimulation for older dogs, these toys combine two soft, yet durable materials for sensitive older teeth and gums; Blue and yellow colors are still visible to pets battling loss of vision; Toys can be soaked with water/frozen to help reduce mouth discomfort; Available in 2 sizes and 3 shapes for every breed

• Flavor Enhancing Supplement Powder - For finicky senior pets or pets recovering from illness or surgery, this specially balanced protein powder has an irresistible flavor and delivers essential vitamins and minerals, Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids for improved skin and coat, and Inulin to promote digestion; Wheat-free, gluten-free and made in the USA

• Senior Wellness Soft Chews - Packed with essential nutrients senior dogs need, these bite-sized morsels come in 3 natural formulas that target specific issues senior pets face (Skin & Coat, Hip & Joint, and Multi-Vitamin Formula); Soft and easy to chew, these treats are wheat-free, gluten-free and made in the USA

QPG is thrilled to announce that the Silver Tails products will be available in over 1,000 PETCO and Unleashed by PETCO stores mid-September.

Formed in 2010 by pet industry veterans David Blatte and Neil Werde, QPG acquired New York Dog in 2010, a leader in pet apparel and accessories, and the Sherpa Pet Group in 2011, a leader in pet travel, safety and fun. The Silver Tails collection will continue QPG's momentum of providing first-class innovations and solution-oriented products to the pet industry.

For more information about Silver Tails Senior Pet Products, please call the Quaker Pet Group at 303.623.3327. For media inquiries, please contact Erin Terjesen at 602.625.2871 or or Ashley Torresala at 602.999.0820 or



Headquartered in New York City and Denver, the Quaker Pet Group is actively seeking strategic opportunities to grow through key retail partnerships, innovative product development, and acquisitions. Quaker Pet Group is committed to providing pet products that will enrich the lives of pets and their pet-parents worldwide. Registered brands include: New York Dog™, Hear Doggy™, Vet Tech™, Sherpa's Pet Trading®, Fox & Hounds™, Cloak & Dawggie™, GoDog™, Luna Brite™, Dog Mountain™, Pez® for Pets and Woof Wear Organics® and Rain™ products.

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      7 years ago

      Hey, um ,wrong section. thats why no one is answering ur question :P

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by! We've got two two new dogs now but we still miss Brewster. They really do get to be like your kids. Especially once your own kids have grown and left the nest.

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      8 years ago

      Good inforation, I hate to lose my cats but so is life. Another issue we deal with

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      10 years ago


      The information in this lens has helped me a lot to take care of my cute Doggy, which has now grown in age.

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      10 years ago

      I know i'm a little late, but Smile when you think of all the purrs with every stroke of his/her fur. It's never easy to lose a close friend, but it helps to remember the all joy they gave you. I know, been there, done that.

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      10 years ago

      We just had to put one of our cat

      down tonight. It's one of the hardest things I've ever had to witness.I'm grieving the loss of my cat.


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