5 Things to Know Before Adopting a Senior Pet

Whether you currently own a senior pet or you’re planning to adopt one, wouldn’t you agree that they are amazing creatures? Senior pets have so much to offer a family. They may come with different responsibilities than a younger pet, but they are equally as beautiful. Wouldn’t you agree?

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month so we thought we would take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about senior pets and how one might be the perfect fit for you.

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Our most popular posts about dogs

Are you a pet lover like us? Do you own a dog or just happen to love them? Below are 6 of our most popular dog blog posts. From why pets eat their own feces (yuck), to the many reasons to love a mixed breed dog, we cover a wide range of topics to help pet parents and their furry friends!

Click on the links below to enjoy our most popular dog blog posts.

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Senior Pets: 15 Signs That Your Pet is Starting to Feel His Age

How do you know when your pet is actually a senior? Is your cat or dog showing signs of aging? Has he begun to slow down or act differently from when he was a little one? This might be completely normal, but sometimes hard to accept for pet parents.

15 things to watch out for or question with aging pets:

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What 21st Century Products are in Your Home?

valentine-petsThe Paw Print Blog is a proud sponsor of 21st Century AnimalHealthcare, a business located in Tempe, Arizona. 21st Century AnimalHealthcare has had Essential Pet products available in PetSmart stores for over 15 years. Over the years, some of our products have inevitably changed and some have remained the same. We have our favorites, as we discussed in a previous blog post, and we have new products being announced very soon. We love what we do and are proud to be pet owners ourselves. It’s wonderful that we can work in a business that truly believes in the health and well-being of dogs and cats!

With that being said, are you a user of Essential Pet products? Do you have any favorites? We often get feedback on our Facebook page from fans that have positive comments or questions, and it really helps us determine and evaluate what is working and what is not. What Essential Pet products do you have in your home?

Whether you have a dog or a cat, we have several products to meet the needs of many furry companions. Does your dog need a hip & joint care supplement or something to help his or her coat look healthier and shinier? We’ve got you covered! By clicking on the top of this page where it reads PET PRODUCTS (or click on this link) you can find a full list of our trusted pet care products available exclusively at PetSmart sores.

If you are new to our blog and want to find out more about Essential Pet products, here is a quick list of a few posts where we talk in more detail about what products we think you might need in your home:

If you have any questions about our products or company, please feel free to contact us any time. We are here to help! We have a wide range of trusted pet care solutions. If you are looking for anything specific, send us a message on our Facebook page and we’ll let you know if we have what you are looking for. Thank you for having Essential Pet products in your home and for following our blog. We really appreciate it.

Essential Pet Product Favorites

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Our trusted pet care products for dogs and cats have been available in PetSmart stores for about 15 years now – how the time flies. Here at the office in Tempe, we have our favorites that we give our pets and don’t plan to stray from those staples. Whether you have an older pet that could be on the brink of developing joint issues or a cat that suffers from excessive hairballs, we have products with formulations that can help. 21st Century Essential Pet products for dogs and cats offer solutions to many health care issues and needs.

Our Favorite Essential Pet Care Products Include:

  1. Essential Pet Hot Spot Spray is available for dogs and cats and is great to have handy around the house. It is a favorite among many pet people to help with dry skin irritations, itching and scratching. It offers fast relief that dogs and pet owners truly appreciate. Call this product a keeper!

 

  1. To help remove dirt and dissolve wax buildup from dog’s ears we use Essential Pet Clean Ear Cleansing Liquid. It works great and is very popular for many dog owners, including ourselves. We have several products for dog ear and eye care. If there is something else you are looking for, take a look here: http://21stessentialpet.com/subcategory-dog.asp?sc=9.

 

  1. Cats are natural self-groomers. In this self-grooming process, they ingest hair which can build up and cause hairballs. While cat’s have a natural ability to expel this ingested hair, brushing and supplementation with Essential Pet Hairball Soft Chews may help support this process.

 

  1. Hip and Joint care for ageing dogs is important. Are you currently using a joint supplement for dogs? Try Hip & Joint Mega-Max Care Soft Chews to support joints and mobility. A soft chew is an easy way to give your pet a rewarding treat that they will easily consume and enjoy.

 

  1. Does your pet show signs of stress? We have a product that offers calming support called Pet-EZE Soft Chews for Dogs. The next time you think your pet will be put in a stressful situation, start to give him or her a calming supplement a few days before and during the event to support their anxiety levels.

 

  1. If your pet is in need of a food supplement for pregnant or lactating dogs, try Essential Pet Milk Replacer for Dogs. Our milk replacer is designed to meet the nutritional needs of young puppies being weaned from their mother, or bottle-fed puppies progressing to solid foods. Give it a try!

 

We are curious about what you have in your cabinet? Do you have a favorite Essential Pet product that you simply can’t do without? Tell us more on our Facebook page. We’d enjoy hearing from you!

5 Ways to Help Your Dog Feel Like a Puppy Again

Is your dog getting older? Is her hair starting to turn a little gray? You grew up together! Your child now has a close personal relationship with your sweet four-legged friend than you do. This just can’t be happening.

Seeing the signs of aging in your furry family member is never easy, especially when it’s health related. Luckily, we have a few tips to help your dog feel like a puppy again. It might even make you feel better about the situation, too. Always be sure to talk to your veterinarian before changing your pet’s routine or diet.

Give one or more of these easy tips a try and let us know how it helps you and your aging pet. Good luck and have fun!

1. Play ball! When was the last time you played ball with your dog? It’s never too late to spend quality time with your pet. Being a little lazy with your pet is not uncommon, especially when times are busy at home. Help your dog feel like a puppy again by reintroducing her to some of the old games you use to play. Dedicate at least 15 minutes a day to this re-introduction. Smile, laugh, pet and hold your dog close. Appreciate her like she deserves. Make her feel young again!

2. Give your dog a joint supplement. Is your dog less active than in previous years? It could be because her hip and joints need some extra support. Try 21st Century Animal HealthCare’s Hip and Joint supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin. They are veterinarian formulated and will provide optimal support for your pet’s joint function. The full line of Hip & Joint supplements provides the correct level of relief for your pet’s age and needs. See all hip and joint care options for 21st Century Pet here.

3. Try new things. Why is it that when we’re young we try new things without hesitation (except green and smelly foods, of course) and genuinely enjoy these new adventures? Try something fresh with your pet. Are you both set in a boring routine? Mix it up by visiting a new dog park or a pet-friendly restaurant downtown. Get out of the house with your pooch. You both might discover something you never thought you’d like! It might even make you feel younger again!

4. Give your dog a daily multi-vitamin. 21st Century Animal Healthcare has a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement specially formulated for senior dogs. It is highly palatable and easy to chew. Our daily vitamins for dogs are formulated specifically for your pet’s age.

5. Walk regularly. Exercise is great for your dog even if it’s a short leisurely walk. Just like for humans, it’s important to keep the body active and moving. Have you gotten out of the habit of taking your dog for a walk? Your dog could feel great taking regular walks again. Start off slow and gradually work your way up to a longer trip. Remember to bring water, just in case. If your dog is not regularly walking, she might need a few breaks here and there. Once you see that your dog is feeling tired, head home and go out again the following day. Remember not to push your aging dog too much.   

We hope you try one of these five helpful tips to help your dog feel like a puppy again. Age is just a number, right? As your pet ages, embrace the change and adapt to his or her needs. Is she no longer able to jump on the bed? Get her a ramp. Is the food harder for her to chew? Put a little water in the bowl to make it softer. There are many tips about how to help your aging pet feel more comfortable. Bottom Line: It’s never too late to help your dog feel loved and happier than ever before.

Photo Credit: Top photo from flickr by smlp.co.uk, Lower image from flicjkr by Liz White.

Keeping Your Pet Limber – Joint Therapy for Your Dog

Most everyone who’s owned a pet at one time in their life has had to experience the difficult fact of watching their beloved pet grow older. As your pet ages, his or her muscles and joints become less flexible causing stiffness and discomfort during movement. If your dog suffers from mobility issues, physical therapy can help your pet restore movement, reduce discomfort and help him adjust to his new physical condition. Dog physical therapists or physiotherapists can utilize the following 6 methods to treat your pet’s leg injury, disease or disability, even if your dog is an amputee.

Therapeutic Exercise
Designed specifically to strengthen and rehabilitate, increase range of motion and restore physical function to your dog’s injured area. Some exercises might include being led through a series of cones, stepping through objects, moving from sitting-to-standing repeatedly, and going up and down steps in order to regain control and balance. Therapists recommend short exercise periods separated by long rest periods. Exercise should be consistent and spaced out evenly throughout the day and week for maximum benefit.

Massaging and Manipulation
Used to decrease your dog’s stiffness and pain while increasing his mobility. If your dog has sustained an injury or requires surgery, massage and manipulation therapy can speed up healing time and result in a better recovery by encouraging blood flow and bringing nutrients to the injured area. For dogs that have decreased activity levels, massage can help keep muscles toned and slow atrophy and musculoskeletal degeneration.

Electrical Stimulation
When your dog is rendered inactive for longer periods of time because of illness or surgery, the application of low-level electrical currents can also slow muscle atrophy and accelerate healing.

Thermal Therapy
Cold compresses are applied to the dog’s injured area to help reduce swelling and inflammation. This is usually done within the first 24 to 36 hours of sustaining the injury. Hot compresses are applied to increase comfort, stimulate blood flow to the injured area and relax tense muscles.

Therapeutic Ultrasound
Ultrasonic waves are targeted at injured tissue. This application stimulates blood flow and can warm injured muscles more deeply than a superficial heat compress. When used in conjunction with massage and manipulation, therapeutic ultrasound can help reduce recovery time.

Aquatic Therapy
An underwater treadmill allows a dog with joint pain or leg weakness to exercise easily and safely. The warm water provides buoyancy and gentle resistance. It can also give a dog that is unsteady on his legs a feeling of stability. The benefits of water therapy include:increased strength, flexibility, endurance and confidence.

These dog physical therapy techniques should only be performed by a licensed and trained professional and under the supervision of your vet. If your veterinarian does not offer these services, he or she will be able to refer you.

For an informative short video demonstrating proper technique in giving your pet a relaxing and soothing joint and muscle massage, visit this link.