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Jan 13, 2017

Diabetes In Older Dogs - An Owner's Guide

Diabetes in dogs is on the increase, and adult or senior dogs are most at risk. Risk factors, symptoms, treatment and management of canine diabetes.

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Jan 10, 2017

Anesthesia And Older Dogs - The Big Picture

The combination of anesthesia and older dogs doesn't have to be worrisome. Learn how to balance risks and benefits and keep your senior dog safe.

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Jan 03, 2017

Got a New Puppy in the Family?

Christmas time is often when a new puppy appears under the tree... and everyone gets excited about welcoming the newcomer.

Except perhaps the resident dog/s!

Sometimes older dogs have health issues that make dealing with a boisterous puppy a challenge.

Other times they just feel a bit jealous of the new 'baby' or get anxious.

All of this is usually just temporary, but there are ways to make this time easier on everyone.

Check out the link below for tips, ideas and help.

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Dec 25, 2016

Merry Christmas to All :)

Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy all the blessings of this holiday season :)

Nov 17, 2016

Intervertebral Disc Disease In Dogs

Intervertebral Disc Disease in dogs (aka IVDD) can cause pain, lameness, even paralysis.Learn about prevention, diagnosis and treatment here.

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Nov 07, 2016

Bark Potty - Disposable Pet Potty

From time to time I review new, or interesting, products for dogs and recently I was asked to give the eco-friendly Bark Potty a trial run.

My daughter's Dachshunds were the willing testers, and the cat gave it a try too :)

Bark Potty is an innovative and totally natural alternative to pee pee pads, dog litter boxes and grass dog potties (real or synthetic)

It consists of a sturdy cardboard tray, filled with natural bark chips held in place by a fine wire mesh over the top.

A small spray bottle of natural pheromone scent is included which you can apply to the bark to encourage Fido to use it.

Here are the Pro's and Con's we found:


  • Good, sturdy construction
  • All natural ingredients
  • Recyclable & Compostable
  • Pleasant fresh scent from bark
  • Not messy at all
  • Light enough to move around easily
  • Long-lasting (2 - 4 weeks on average)
  • Wire mesh prevents digging (and dachshunds love to dig!)
  • Really absorbent


  • Wire mesh may be uncomfortable for some dogs to walk on
  • Bark is not necessarily the first choice for dogs to potty on, especially if they're used to using grass
  • Not suitable for use outdoors unless under cover from rain (ie on a patio or balcony)

Overall I personally think that Bark Potty is an interesting and promising alternative to the existing portable dog potties on the market.

If your dog takes to using it then it's a very clean, portable, long-lasting and environmentally friendly option.

Bark Potty is available by subscription so a new box is delivered to your door each month! Super easy.

If you need a new tray more often, that can be arranged, and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

You can also buy Bark Potty from Amazon and other outlets.

This gives you the opportunity to try it before subscribing, but costs a few dollars more per tray so if your dog loves it, then definitely subscribe!

BarkPotty has provided a Promo Code for my visitors ('tailwaggers') which will save you 5% on your first order!

Nov 03, 2016


Hi, my family has just adopted a senior lab named Sasha. We think she is 8 or 9. We have 3 kids 11 and twin 6 yr olds. This is our first family dog.

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Oct 26, 2016

Old Dog Syndrome - What Is It?

Old Dog Syndrome is the canine version of Alzheimer's Disease. Help your senior dog by knowing what symptoms to watch for, and how to handle them.

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Oct 26, 2016

Susie's Senior Dogs - Happy Endings Galore!

I love reading, and hearing, doggie stories with happy endings (although in my line of work I sadly see/hear more of the opposite kind) so Susie's Senior Dogs is a joy to me.

A collection of real-life stories from the people who have adopted a senior dog and learned just what a special and heart-melting experience it is.

If you've known the love of an old dog - or would like to - I hope you'll enjoy this book just as much as I did.

Our Golden Oldies are so precious!

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Oct 20, 2016

Anxiety in Older Dogs

Anxiety or increasingly nervous or shy behavior isn't uncommon in our older dogs, but it's not necessarily just a normal part of aging.

Certain health problems or environmental changes can trigger anxiety, even pain attacks.

Fortunately there are lots of ways we can help our senior dogs to cope with, or even overcome, their fears.

Learn more by clicking on the link below...

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Oct 18, 2016

Diet and health issues... making the right choice

If your Golden Oldie has chronic health problems, choosing the right food can be important.

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Oct 16, 2016

Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love

If you're the proud owner of a senior dog (or one headed in that direction) you're going to love this heartwarming book!

It's packed full of gorgeously adorable photographs and the touching, sweet and sometimes funny, personal stories and anecdotes of those who share their lives with an older dog

This book is a wonderful way to honor the special sweetness, grace and outpouring of unconditional love that makes our Golden Oldies so precious.

Due to be released October 25th it is now available to pre-order on Amazon.

Treat yourself to one, and maybe even buy one for a friend or relative with a beloved older pooch... after all, Christmas is just around the corner and this celebration of unconditional love would make a fantastic gift.


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Oct 16, 2016

Is My Dog In Pain? An Owners Guide

A dog in pain doesn't always shows obvious signs of his distress. Find out how to tell if your dog is hurting, and how to help him feel better fast.

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Oct 11, 2016

Old Dog Incontinence - Help For Your Leaky Dog

Old dog incontinence is upsetting for everyone - including Fido. Find the reason/s behind your dog's plumbing malfunction and learn what you can do to help.

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Sep 03, 2016

Cole and Auggie

Hi! I proudly present Cole, age 8, Auggie, age 12-ish.

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