Here are helpful resources for senior dogs, so they can enjoy their senior years. Old dogs don’t always get ill, they just get slower. As long as they have a nice comfy bed and a shady spot in the garden, they tend to like routine, quiet and nice food (be careful with ageing dogs, as they have delicate tummies, so try to stick to the same food routines, most can’t easily change food in a few weeks, like normal). Also see how to keep your dog safe, make your garden safe for pets and how to cope when pets die.
- Blue Cross has useful information on caring for old dogs. This includes tips on feeding old dogs, common medical issues and (temporarily) saying goodbye, until you meet again.
- Oldies Club is a national charity that has old dogs (and a few cats) for adoption and fostering. They always need volunteers to help ferry oldies to their new homes. If you can’t adopt, you could help by knitting or crocheting a blanket for Snuggles Project (recipients must register to receive donations).
- Dog’s Trust Canine Card is a free card that you can order, to keep in your wallet. If you have no next-of-kin, this card enables the charity to contact your nominated guardian to either adopt them or for them to find a loving home (they try to keep animals together). Unlike RSPCA, they never put healthy dogs to sleep. It also helps to include a codicil with your Will, on who you have nominated to look after your dog, in the event of your death. You can’t leave money to pets, but you can leave money to others, to help pay for their care. In the South West, National Animal Welfare Trust South West) offers a similar card.
- The Wisdom of Old Dogs is a heartwarming book packed with practical tips, uplifting stories and scientific expertise, on how dogs can be a constant source of wisdom, comfort and love in their old age. The perfect gift.
- Lessons from Lucy is a little gem of a book by writer Dave Barr.y. As he turns 70, he realises that his dog is dealing with old age better than him! She has more friends, fewer worries and way more fun. So he decides to figure out how Lucy is so happy, by doing the things she does. He reconnects with old friends and tries to make new ones (a struggle, as Lucy likes people more than he does). With each new lesson, Dave riffs hilariously on dogs and life in general.
- Your Dog’s Golden Years is written by 20 canine experts who share therapies, treatments and simple techniques for senior dogs, including traditional veterinary and holistic practices, from experienced professionals.