The first question is what is old age in dogs? A “senior dog” is a dog that has reached 50% of his or her life span. Not knowing exactly how long any dog will live, a good guess would be they have reached “senior dog” status by age seven or eight years old. This is with the assumption your dog would live to be 12 - 14 years old. That’s a great life for a dog and for the pet parent to enjoy together.
Even a lifespan of 14 years never seems to be long enough. The first years with your puppy were full of playing, chewing up your favorite shoes, stealing personal items and, of course, patient potty-training. The reward comes when they outgrow that mischievous stage and you have an older dog that becomes not just your pet, but a member of your family. As the happy medium starts to disappear, some simply attribute old age symptoms in dogs as wanting to sleep more and becoming less active. Your dog would love to have some of their youthful energy back.
When you hear the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” understand it may be for good reason. At Parnell Living Science, the first question often asked is – could the real problem be the dog has osteoarthritis? And if so, is this what is preventing them from wanting to be active, run and, of course, learn new tricks?
So let’s start with the question, what exactly is osteoarthritis? Think of it as arthritis in dogs. As many humans will get arthritis as they age, it is understandable that dogs will experience this too. Age isn’t the only factor, but it certainly is a big one.
80% of dogs over the age of 8 and 20% over the age of 1 will suffer from osteoarthritis (OA).
OA can be as painful for our dogs as it is for us. In healthy joints, a slippery tissue called cartilage cushions the ends of the bones in the joints. With OA, cartilage breaks down, causing pain and swelling. As OA gets worse, bone spurs can form, causing more pain and joint damage. When this happens, your dog may become less active or show signs of stiffness when getting up. However, OA can be difficult to recognize. Your dog may not show any signs of OA.
That is why Parnell Living Science has developed Glyde™ Mobility Chews for Dogs to combat the signs of OA and bring the youthful bounce back to your older dog. At Parnell Living Science, we are committed to making life better for dogs and therefore, pet parents.
So with health and healing in mind, here are 7 tips to help make it possible to teach your adorable older dog new tricks:
Remember – you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! You just have to have the right systems in place. Place an order for Glyde Mobility Chews and get started today!
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