|Barked: Sat Jan 21, '12 4:32pm PST |
|We have made some more accomodations for Feather this weekend. She now has a ramp to get outside, she has trouble with the 3 steps to get down to grass level. She was afraid of it at first, but now goes up and down, no trouble.
We also spend more time on the floor with her, on her bed. She can no longer get up on the bed or couch with us, so we go to her. She is delighted, wags her tail like crazy, and puts her big head in our laps. Besides, it gives the beagles and terrier more couch space, with us on the floor!!
Because she can not go too far on walks anymore, we thought we would try to entertain her mind a bit more. We give her HUGE raw meaty beef marrow or knuckle bones. She lays on her bed (covered with a towel) and chews and gnaws for hours. Sometimes falling to sleep with her head on the bone. It gives her mind some entertainment, and exhausts her, literally she falls to sleep for hours after.
We have big dog beds in almost every room of the house, even next to the island in the kitchen. She wants to be with us at all times, and she needs to be comfortable to do that.
We don't do much by way of special meds, she eats a raw diet so she gets plenty of cartilege from that. We do give salmon oil for inflammation, Co Q-10 for her heart, but that's about it. We have elevated bowls for her, it makes her meals much easier as she was visibly sore bending way down to eat and drink.
Yes, rubber backed rugs are everywhere here! She has such a hard time with her footing. She goes from rug to rug to navigate her way around the house.
I bought two sizes of support harnesses for her for when she can no longer get up on her own. I found it online at helpemup.com It is a total body harness, and fits comfortably. She hasn't needed it yet, and actually does OK in that department right now. We start underwater physical therapy soon, as she LOVES to swim, but it is too cold out right now. With the mild Winter we have had here in the Northeast, she was able to swim even right after Christmas, but too cold now. The pool at the Pet Physical therapy place is heated, and should be good for her joints. It's not structured, it's just paying for swim time with the therapist, at $15.00 for a half hour. Not too bad. Maybe we'll do it a couple times a week and see if she likes it.
Beyond that, I would LOVE to hear how others help their seniors, and get some more good ideas!!!
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