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Pet Tip of the Week: The Aging Dog

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor


As your dog ages he may show signs of age-related maladies. It is heartbreaking to witness and can be expensive to cure. Your best buddy could suffer silently or cry from pain.

UntitledLook for signs of discomfort—panting, lethargy, lack of appetite—and deal with each issue as it presents itself. Ask your veterinarian for a plan of action. Take out pet insurance if you have not already done so. Discuss the end of his life with your family.

I have been doing small dog hospice services for many years and have known of people that have given up their dogs when the costs of geriatric care become a burden. There are ways to afford care for your old friend—please do not abandon him! Show him the love he has shown you for so many years. Take care of him and love him until the end.


If you have questions about this or any other pet-related issue, please call or text 856.981.8957 or email There is never a fee for email or phone conferences.

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson, Owner

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

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