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Dr.ErinGuestBlogAnimal chiropractic is a safe, gentle approach to your dog’s health care.  It has many benefits, which include reducing pain, alleviating stress, improving mobility, boosting energy, and restoring spinal function.  It can be a great way to enhance your dog’s health.

While chiropractic care may help a variety of conditions, such as arthritis, allergies, pain, abnormal posture, seizures, and neurological conditions; prevention is the key.  An adjustment every few months (more often if your dog is high energy or participates in dog sports) can go a long way. If a spinal problem is detected in a dog or cat early, health issues can be better avoided later in life.  Yet sometimes dog owners don’t realize something like animal chiropractic exists until there is a problem or until their dog is up in age.

Does age prevent a dog in receiving chiropractic care? No! While it is best to start early, it is never too late to start!  The oldest small breed dog I have adjusted was 21 years old, who began care at 19. The oldest large breed dog I’ve adjusted was 18 1/2 years old, who began care at 16. Most importantly, these dogs were able to maintain a quality life at those ages, with the help of chiropractic care.10546971_10152704228448514_6011887158903531704_o

Chiropractic is especially important for senior dogs to help retain normal joint mobility and allow them to continue enjoying activities that they love. When joints function abnormally, it results in abnormal wear and tear, leading to degenerative arthritis. Many people think that it is normal for dogs to significantly slow down as they age, lay on the bed all day, or avoid the stairs…it’s not! They are trying to tell us that something hurts.

For senior dogs where arthritis is already present, chiropractic adjustments allow for more motion in the joint and also pain and inflammation reduction. The degenerative changes to the bone cannot be reversed with adjustments, but the stiffness and discomfort can usually be reduced.

Chiropractic is a wonderful treatment option for our senior dogs.  Most also enjoy their adjustments as they figure out that it makes them feel better!  The most common changes senior dog owners report is increased energy and activity levels.  In some cases, their dog starts doing activities they used to do when they were younger again as well.

Integrated along with the care of your vet, animal chiropractic can provide added comfort, increased mobility, and extended quality of life in your senior dog.

If you would like to begin chiropractic care for your dog, it is recommended to see a doctor who is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.  By doing so, you are assured of the services of a skilled and dedicated professional who will provide the very best care.  A directory is available at AVCAdoctors.com.

If you have any questions about Animal Chiropractic, you can contact Dr. Erin O’Connor at drerinoconnor@myvitalitychiropractic.com or visit her website at myvitalitychiropractic.com

 

In today’s Guest Blog, AdreAnne, owner of Two Bostons Pet Boutique is sharing a new product to help in supporting your senior pet.

 

It’s always tough to see your pets age. Many times, I’ve felt helpless and I think we can all agree that isn’t a great feeling. As our pets age, it becomes even more apparent they need a little extra love and attention.

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As Daisy got a bit older, we noticed that although her body was healthy, she seemed to start developing some cognitive issues. She started getting up and wandering around in the middle of the night. She also seemed a bit confused at times. I think Andy was getting tired of me asking, “Do you think she’s alright?” as she was just sitting there. She would get a “far off” look and wasn’t focused. A few times, I observed her playing or walking in the yard and then she would suddenly stop and stare off in space. Now, I will be the first to admit that I had a very strong bond with Daisy, so my worry about her was certainly the cause of my first white hair! I just knew there was something extra I could be doing for her, but I didn’t know what.

As soon as I heard about Senior Dog Wisdom, a veterinarian developed, special formula for aging dogs to help support normal, healthy aging and cognitive brain function, I grabbed a container for Miss Daisy right away.

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The difference it made within a matter of a few weeks was incredible. No more random walks around the bedroom in the middle of the night and she seemed much more alert. I have to say that I absolutely love this product. This is a must have for anyone with a sweet senior to give them a little extra support to age healthier and stay sharp!

You can pick up Senior Dog Wisdom at any Two Bostons store or you can order it online.  If you have any questions, please stop in or call and one of our Team members can help you out today!

 

Sarah Stromberg, Animal Care Manager at the West Suburban Humane Society provided us with this amazing story about adopting senior dogs and how they can change your life!

“I could never adopt a senior pet.  I can’t go through loss again so soon.” “Old dogs cost more to take care of.” “There must be something wrong with that dog if her owner gave her up after 8 years.” These are common comments heard at shelters across the nation.  I’m letting you all in on a big secret: if you are lucky enough to adopt a senior shelter pet, it will change your life.

My family was not looking for a dog when Rocky entered our lives.  He was originally adopted as a 3 month oldRocky puppy and returned to the shelter at 7 years old.  When asked about return reason, Rocky’s owner said “There’s nothing wrong with him, we just don’t have time for him anymore.”  When they left, one of his kids said “Bye, Rocky, I’ll miss you.” Heartbreaking…

Oftentimes, dogs living in a home for many years have a harder time adjusting to shelter life than strays or those from other shelters.  I’ll never forget how Rocky wouldn’t lay down in his run at the shelter, and he whined pitifully and was inconsolable.  I was asked to bring him home as a foster to determine his true personality.  Little did we know how deeply this old shepherd would embed himself in our hearts.  Rocky was ours for seven years.  He was the best behaved dog we ever had. He was already housebroken, never chewed anything, did not beg at the table; not even once, and was fine with other animals (even annoying foster puppies who came and went over time).  He was my shadow; my constant companion, following me everywhere.  It was as if he was so grateful to be back in a home, he wanted us to know.  He was such a loyal, loving guy.  When Rocky left us, he took a piece of our hearts with him. He was so special and we couldn’t imagine not having had the chance to be in his life.

brutusWhen you visit a shelter, don’t overlook the seniors thinking you will be heartbroken if they die too soon. Small breed dogs can live to 20, so at 10, they are only middle-aged!  Love is love and it comes with loss at some point.  Senior dogs are an open book, what you see is what you get.  Most seniors are potty trained and have already learned their manners.  I always suggest a senior for busy families with younger children because they don’t require as much training and tend to accommodate their family instead of the family accommodating them.  The idea that senior dog care costs more is just not true…Puppies need more vaccines, more check-ups, and they get into things they shouldn’t and cost you a trip to the emergency vet.  A dog of any age can become ill or injured.

JudyRocky was not a anomaly.  Fantastic dogs of all ages and breeds are given up every day through no fault of their own.  People’s lives change.  They find they can’t afford their pet.  They may have to move to assisted living or take in a family member who is allergic.  Maybe they changed jobs and travel more.  Shelter dogs are not damaged goods.  Senior shelter dogs have such amazing hearts, they are the best kept secret in sheltering.  Next time you visit your local rescue organization, take special notice of and seriously consider a senior dog.  You will never regret it, I promise!

When you think about getting a new dog, most of the time our minds automatically go to looking at cute, fluffy puppies.  I mean, they really are just adorable…but have you thought about adopting a senior dog?  November is Senior Pet Month and next time you think about bringingMabel_terrier Chihuaua mix a new four-legged family member into your home, think about the benefits of a senior dog.

  1. What you see is what you get:  Older dogs are an open book – you know what their full-grown size is, what their eating and grooming requirements are and they will have already established their temperament and personality.  This will help ensure that this is the right dog for you and your family!
  2. They have manners: Most senior pets are already housetrained; unlike a puppy, and are usually familiar with basic commands (Come. Sit. Stay.) that will make your life easier.  If your household has young children this is especially helpful!  Old dogs are eager to please and enjoy the mental stimulation, they also have a lot of experience in reading humans which will help them quickly figure out how to do what you are asking.
  3. An older dog is past the chewing phase: Anyone who has had a puppy that has chewed furniture, shoes, rugs, and anything and everything else they can get to…you can now relax!  The chewing is a puppy behavior and you will not have to replace your favorite shoes anymore.
  4. A senior dog requires less exercise: You might be experiencing this already…as we age we all slow down a bit.  Same goes for a dog, they will be less frisky and rambunctious than a puppy, so the requirement for exercise will be far less.
  5. They are not a 24-7 Job: Dogs in their older years will not require the constant monitoring like puppies do.  You will have more freedom to do your own thing.
  6. Just Add Love: An older animal will adapt to a new family given love and time.  You might not be this dog’s first family (or even 64a5a33b-306b-4e7d-aec2-a6273a2ef100second or third), but once you adopt and shower him with love you will be his only family!
  7. Great for all ages: Senior pets have a more relaxed temperament which makes them excellent companions for the young and elderly.  More mature people benefit with an older dog companion that is aligned with their energy level and lifestyle, and children can benefit from an animal who is more tolerant and who may already be well socialized with them.
  8. They know they have been given a second chance: Talk to anyone who has adopted a mature dog and they will tell you that they are convinced their pet knows they have been saved.  Just one look in their eyes and you can see that they are saying, “Thank you for saving my life.”
  9. Be a hero: At shelters and rescues, older dogs are more than always the last to be adopted.  Taking one home will give you an emotional return on your investment, and you will feel the rewards every day you spend together!
  10. They are Cute…do you need anymore than that!

Brutus_beagle mixIf you are interested in visiting our local shelters to meet some adoptable senior pets here are some of the local shelters that we would recommend visiting first.  A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, Hinsdale Humane Society, Naperville Area Humane Society and West Suburban Humane Society.