Common Health Problems In Old Dogs
May 21, 2013 9:49 PM



As all experienced dog owners know, the later years of a dog’s life can pose fresh challenges, for dog and owner alike. The best way to ensure that your dog has a healthy and happy ‘retirement’ is to provide it with a balanced diet and plenty of mental and physical exercise throughout its life. However, no matter how well your canine companion has been looked after, the hands of time stay still for no dog. Here are a few of the common health problems which senior dogs may encounter, what to look out for and what action can be taken to ensure your dog is as happy and comfortable as possible.

Incontinence

Many senior dogs suffer from incontinence. As with all new complaints, you should get your dog checked out by your vet at the first signs- this will ensure that you know the route of the problem. It could well be that the aging process has taken its toll on the bladder and pelvic floor, similar to the manner in which it can happen to humans. Living with an incontinent dog can demand several lifestyle changes. Toilet trips need to be taken more frequently, more time might be spent in rooms with easy clean floors and you may find yourself having to get up earlier than you would like! For dogs with serious incontinence then there are ‘doggy diapers’ which work in exactly the same manner as they would for a baby- and similarly you will need to ensure they are clean and fresh. You can find incontinence products along with a wealth of other products for senior dogs, such as memory foam beds and dog coats with Dogs Corner.

Hard of hearing

Hearing loss is common in old dogs, but so amazing is their ability to deal with it, that they may well have quite advanced loss before you even notice. The saying goes that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but it is amazing how quickly dogs can adapt to visual signals and commands. However, it will often take owners a long time to remember the changes necessary when living with a deaf dog. In the first few weeks of living with a deaf dog, very few owners don’t make the mistake of wondering why their faithful companion is not responding to their calls!

There are a couple of things to remember if your dog is hard of hearing. In order not to startle them, try to always approach from the front- it is especially important to inform any guests or strangers that may come in to contact with your dog. Nobody likes to be crept up on! You also need to take extra special care if you are out and about. Your dog will not be able to hear any oncoming danger, so make sure you’ve got them in your sights.

Loss of sight

Just as the hearing can go, so can the eyes- but once again you will be amazed at how well your dog will be able to cope. One of the first signs of failing sight is the formation of a greyish glaze over the eye- and whilst it may not mean that your dog is losing its sight, it does mean that you should visit the vets to see what is happening.

If your dog is losing its sight, then you will need to ensure that’s its living environment is kept as familiar as possible. Whilst it is a good idea to remove any obvious sharp edges, and furnishings which might easily be knocked over, it is recommended that you keep the house layout as unchanged as possible. Dogs will remember the routes that they are used to taking, leaving those open is the best way to allow it to move with freedom and comfort. A radio or television left on can also be a comforting and help your dog to get its bearings. Owners will have to remember to keep the house tidy- anything left on the floor can quickly become an obstacle! For those that are worried about coping with a blind dog, at Dogs Corner, our Border Terrier, Spike, has recently lost his eyesight, but he has adapted so well that you would be forgiven for thinking he can see perfectly- until he walks head first into his Sister!

Diabetes

One of the causes of decreased eyesight is diabetes. Indeed it was diabetes that led to our Spike’s loss of vision- and it’s a perfect illustration of why it is so important to get your dog to the vet when you notice any changes in health.  There are various different forms of diabetes, and dogs of any age can be vulnerable. However, it is Type 2 diabetes which is most prevalent and the most likely to affect older dogs.  Type 2 diabetes is becoming more and more common in dogs, and it is believed that this is linked to obesity. So no matter how much you love your dog, overdoing the treats can have damaging consequences. A lack of adequate physical exercise can also be a key factor.

There are several signs that your dog might be suffering from diabetes. These include increased appetite, weight loss, lack of energy, greying of the eyes and loss of sight, urinary infections and increased thirst. Diabetes is potentially fatal and it is therefore essential that you consult with your vet should you witness these symptoms. Diabetes in dogs can be controlled with insulin, but it is expensive and time consuming- and will entail some fairly major life changes. It will involve serious consultation with your vet- but owners and their dogs can, and do, cope.

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Sleepy Sunday
May 19, 2013 7:41 PM



It has been a warm, sunny and lovely weather week this week. Which is great, at least from my perspective. Because I have noticed that my doggy Lisen has slowed quite a bit in speed and activity interests as the temperature has risen. So she has been quite calm and sleepy during this week, during day time that is. In the evenings Lisen is back to her 12 year "old" self again. Which is nice to see.

Sleepy Sunday
Lisen taking a nap with her favourite teddy bear shoe over at my sister's. :-)

Though I am starting to get in to the groove of the commuting lifestyle, I am still not at the blog update level I would like to be - yet. But I am working on it and I am sure I will get into the groove of that as well eventually.

But for now, have a great Sunday ya'll! :p

/ A.L


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Dine In Style Along Route 66
May 13, 2013 6:47 PM



Is there a US road trip more iconic than Route 66? I don't think so. It isn't all about the drive itself, though, because there are just so many things to see and experience along the way. Personally, I think stopping at some of the route's best restaurants is one of the absolute highlights of this kind of trip - and I'm sure keen foodies will agree with me!

Route 66 is peppered with well-esteemed eateries, including amazing Michelin-starred restaurants. Whether you want to seek out some of the best local food or go for the ultimate in luxury by dining at the most critically-acclaimed establishments, you will be in for an unforgettable experience. To give you the most freedom with your itinerary - including where you eat - I think it is worth booking a self-drive holiday along Route 66, but you can opt for an escorted tour if you prefer. Below, you'll find my top picks for eating in some of the most exciting cities along Route 66.

1) Girl & the Goat

Where: Chicago

The first restaurant on my list is the interestingly named Girl & the Goat, which you'll find in Chicago's West Loop. Open seven days a week, it has a reputation for its down-to-earth style and wonderfully fresh, locally sourced creations that have made it popular with locals and chefs alike. It divides its food into three broad categories - vegetables, fish and meat - as well as offering craft beers and even blending its own wine.

The atmosphere here is really laidback, with a communal bar table and rock and pop hits playing in the background. It's open from 16:30 each day, so it's a dinner venue rather than a lunch venue, and sometimes remains open into the early hours. As a quick tip, don't forget to try the bread here, which is freshly baked each day.

2) Joel Robuchon

Where: Las Vegas

Over in Sin City, you can discover the cooking of one of France's best-loved chefs, Joel Robuchon. Located in the MGM Grand, the Joel Robuchon Restaurant boasts an impressive three Michelin stars, as well as a Forbes five-star rating and a host of other accolades. So, if you decide to come here, it will definitely be one of the finest eateries you visit during your holiday.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to book in advance - the seating here is very limited (its capacity is approximately 60 people) and, thanks to the calibre of the chef's cooking, it's extremely popular. Should you be keen to try as many different dishes as possible, opt for the multi-course tasting menu. However, if you'd rather have a more traditional dinner, there's an excellent a la carte menu too.

3) Animal

Where: Los Angeles

The final restaurant on my list is pretty unusual in that it's a total celebration of all things carnivore. Located at 435 Fairfax Avenue, this restaurant is actually quite easy to miss unless you know it's there, since it doesn't have any grand exterior signage - something that adds to its charm, I think.

This menu is one that will leave meat eaters utterly spoilt for choice, as it includes the likes of ricotta gnocci with six-hour Bolognese - which is what I'd go for - and bolder dishes, such as pig's ear, beef heart and crispy pig head. The desserts caught my eye, too, thanks to the combination of classics like sticky toffee pudding and more unusual options, such as the bacon chocolate crunch bar.

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Ant Walk
May 12, 2013 7:23 PM



Ant Walk
Strolling up a tree.

Ant Walk
Peekaboo.

Ant Walk
Anyone there?

/A.L


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An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
May 6, 2013 7:43 PM



It was an absolutely amazingly gorgeous weekend, the sun was out - and so was my doggy Lisen and I to enjoy it. Lisen and I spent this Saturday in my mum's garden helping out with some garden chores, which was really nice. We finished off the day's work with a great barbecue, my first of this year - yum!

Yesterday was also a very beautiful sunny day, Lisen and I went for a lovely morning walk and then I soaked up the sun on my balcony the rest of the day. Lisen preferred to stay in the shade though. Hehe. Actually, I even managed to get sunburned this weekend. Lol! :p

Below are some photos from this Saturday in my mum's garden.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Lisen enjoying the outdoors.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Sniff, sniff and stare. :-)

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Almost in full bloom.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Almost.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
This is actually a rhubarb plant, I had no idea they look like this before they become edible?

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Hm... Not sure what this is?

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Dandelion.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Beautiful bright red flower, no idea the name of this one either..? Hehe.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Daffodil.

An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
My favourite part of the barbecued meal was the corn on the cob - slurp!!!

I am so grateful for weekends nowadays, being away from home as much as I am during the week. And this one certainly gave me enough energy to last this entire week. Ahhh! Thank You Mother Nature! :p

/A.L


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Fire Man - Walpurgis Eve 2013
May 1, 2013 8:09 PM



Fire Man - Walpurgis Eve 2013 Of course it is up for interpretation, but when I looked at the photos I took yesterday of the Walpurgis Eve bonfire here in Lyckeby in Sweden, I do think the fire looked like a giant man in this photo...

A bit creepy actually. :o

But besides that, it was a very nice Walpurgis Eve yesterday with a lovely Walpurgis Eve bonfire here in Lyckeby. So I guess it is officially spring now here in Sweden! Yay! :p

/A.L


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Common Health Problems In Old Dogs
Sleepy Sunday
Dine In Style Along Route 66
Ant Walk
An Amazingly Gorgeous Weekend
Fire Man - Walpurgis Eve 2013
 
 
 
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