One of the worst feelings for me as a dog owner has been watching my pet’s mental decline. Their bodies were willing, but their minds were not able to process everyday tasks nor were they aware of their surroundings. Eventually, our boy Chewy didn’t even know who I was anymore. This decline was gradual, and as a pet owner, I noticed little things that made me look twice in the beginning but became more and more clear as time went on. I had no idea at first what it was but I did research and talked to my vet. The diagnosis – canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD). Or more commonly referred to as doggie dementia. This disease acts much like Alzheimer’s in humans and robs pet owners of many good years with their pets. The good news is, there are ways that we can help our pets cope with CCD and also things that we can do to possibly keep it at bay for our pets. As always, we as the owners are the first line of defense as we know our pets and can spot the early warning signs. However, the assistance and proper diagnosis from a trusted Veterinarian are key as well; there are other diseases that can cause the same symptoms so a proper diagnosis is vital to making a proper treatment plan. A trusted Veterinarian can also help ease the symptoms for your pet and offer guidance and support for you, the owner. The most important thing to remember is to love your pet unconditionally as some of the symptoms are hard to love through, but your pet needs you during this time more than ever. Please check out this article for key symptoms, how the disease is diagnosed, and possible treatment options.
Nicole Laber, Fospice Mom and Board Treasurer
There is no doubt we love our pets. The companionship they give us is irreplaceable. So taking care of them is important for a long, healthy, happy life. This month’s humane education health topic is exercise. Exercise is an important key to optimal health in all dogs. This is a valuable lesson I learned from my very 1st fospice love, Hope. Hope came to us hardly able to walk or get around. She was falling all over the yard at the shelter. We brought her home thinking she would rest comfortably until it was time to say goodbye. But with this spunky girl that was not the case. She got a little more pep in her step day by day and before long, after being fed a healthy diet and getting a spine adjustment at the vet, she was going on daily walks with our girls. She kept this up for 11 months until her body made her stop. I believe those daily walks were part of what kept her healthy and happy for the remainder of her days with us.
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Chastity Crowder, Fospice Mom and Board President
Did you know that your pet’s teeth can affect the overall health of your pet and lead to heart, kidney, or liver issues? Keeping your pet’s teeth and mouth healthy can help avoid so many issues and allow your pet to live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Over the years, we have seen many pets with dental disease, and this too can be prevented. Dental cleanings and extractions for elderly pets can be painful, costly, and even life-threatening. And oftentimes when they get to rescues like ours, it is too late to reverse the health problems that the dental disease has caused. Please help keep your pet happy and healthy by reading and following the advice in this article and working together with your vet to ensure your pet lives his or her best life!
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The first dog that became a Laber of Love Pet, Grace, joined us with many issues. She was mostly blind and deaf, extremely overweight, and had severe arthritis. Most of the issues Grace presented with were manageable, and Grace certainly had a will to fight. However, the arthritis was so severe that we felt that her pain was no longer manageable. After giving her a week and a half of love and pampering, the decision was made to end her suffering. It was a very difficult decision, but it was the best one for her. The part that was probably the hardest for her fospice mom was knowing that her pain was more than likely preventable. Some arthritis in dogs is unavoidable, but with weight management and early detection, much of the pain and suffering can be avoided. The pain that sweet Grace went through may have been lessened or avoided all together if her owner had been aware of the dangers. Be sure to talk with your vet about how to keep your pet trim and fit.
To learn about this disease and its prevention, please take a look at this article.
As we have shared, Laber of Love Pet Rescue recently took a dog into our care that was diagnosed as a diabetic. While we do not regret the decision to bring Layla into our rescue, her case has been an expensive one. Because she was in very poor shape when she arrived in our care, she was rushed to the Vet where she remained for 4 days. She is now on 18 units of insulin twice daily, a very large dose, in order to try to get her blood sugar levels under control. She is also on a special diet which is quite expensive. Laber of Love Pet Rescue and its supporters are now caring for and paying the expenses of a dog that someone chose to let get to this stage and then abandoned. This disease is almost always preventable or, if caught early, managed. This ordeal and expense could have all been avoided for sweet Layla and many other pets.
To learn about the disease of diabetes and how to prevent your pet from being a victim please read this article.
These are easy but very important steps that you can take to keep your pet happy and healthy for years to come!