Senior Dog Blog

4 Locally Owned BC Pet Businesses to Supportby Ann-Marie Fleming

03 August, 2020

As we head into the fifth month of the pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to shop local and show our support for our fellow British Columbia entrepreneurs. Here, we’re highlighting our favourite local pet brands who are doing amazing things for the animal community. After all, we’re all in this together.

How Bamboo Inspired the Bamboo Blockerby Ann-Marie Fleming

08 July, 2020

Many of you already know a bit about Bamboo (17 yrs) who I rescued in January of 2019 through K9 Spirit Organization, but what you may not know is that he has cognitive issues also referred to as dog dementia. Bamboo was this way when I adopted him so it has always just felt like part of his quirky personality, however it is not without its challenges.

How to Teach Your Senior Dog to Use a Couch or Bed Rampby Ann-Marie Fleming

01 June, 2020

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who refuse to let their dogs on the couch or bed, and those who can’t resist those extra snuggles. At Dog Quality, we don’t think there’s anything wrong with letting your dog climb up for a little cuddle — in fact, we encourage it! But for senior dogs, getting up on the couch or bed without help can be easier said than done.

Social Distancing With Senior Dogs During COVID-19by Ann-Marie Fleming

30 March, 2020

The current COVID-19 situation has the whole world on edge. That is, except for one group that’s happier than ever to have everyone staying home. Our dogs are benefiting in a big way from social distancing protocols, getting to spend more time with their beloved owners at home every day. But you might be wondering if you can still go outside for walks with your senior dog during these crazy times. Is it safe to visit the dog park or have playdates with doggie friends?

The Power of Touch for Senior Dogsby Ann-Marie Fleming

05 February, 2020

Touch has a significant impact on our lives. A hug can bring light to an otherwise dark day. Holding hands with a loved one can give you comfort. A massage can help to relieve stress from your everyday life. Touch has a powerful effect on our wellbeing and how we connect to other people — and it can have just as big an impact on senior dogs.

 

Our Best Tips for Introducing a New Dog to Your Senior Pupby Ann-Marie Fleming

10 January, 2020

So you’ve decided to adopt another dog — congratulations! At Dog Quality, we believe adoption is a beautiful way to save the life of a dog in need of any age. We also know how exciting it is to bring a new fur baby into the family, but if you already have a senior dog at home, introducing your new pup into the home could take a little more time and patience than you think.

Estate Planning for Pet Parentsby Ann-Marie Fleming

02 December, 2019

As hard as it is, every dog parent knows that their beloved pet will one day no longer be with them. But we rarely think about the possibility that our pets might outlive us. No one wants to think about leaving their pets behind, but the reality is that our dogs are living longer. It’s important to plan ahead for the worst to give your pet the best possible future. This is even more important for the parents of senior dogs and animals. Given their additional challenges and needs, you’ll need to be more diligent about pet estate planning in order to protect them. 

7 Stroller-Friendly Places to Enjoy Your Dogger Dog Stroller in Houstonby Ann-Marie Fleming

10 October, 2019

Every dog owner wants to spend as much time with their pup as possible, and fortunately, Houston is one of the most dog friendly cities out there. From bars and restaurants to parks and events, your furry friend can come with you pretty much anywhere. But during your dog’s senior years, it can get trickier to explore the city together, due to mobility issues or health concerns. That’s why we created our Dogger dog stroller: it allows you to give your pup the support she needs so she can come with you on every adventure. 

Rolling out in the media: senior dog wheelchair collaboration with BCITby Ann-Marie Fleming

19 August, 2019

Ann-Marie and Lily in the wheelchair

We couldn't be more excited to see the flurry of news activity this month, featuring our collaboration with Applied Research at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT MAKE+). The problem we set out to solve is that existing dog wheelchairs are designed with the expectation that the dog has a lot of front strength, which most seniors dogs do not.

What Causes Senior Dog Diarrhea and How to Treat itby Ann-Marie Fleming

10 August, 2019

Four dogs on a couch in diapers

When you bring your dog home for the first time, there are so many exciting things to look forward to. With afternoon walks, play time at the park and evening snuggles to attend to, cleaning up messes like dog diarrhea is likely far from your mind. But while diarrhea might not be pleasant, it can be a common part of a senior dog’s life. You need to be willing to support your pup in sickness and in health.

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