Hitting the Road Over the Holidays With Your Dog

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

We all love our pets like family members. With COVID and the risks of flying, the transportation industry estimates that more people will be taking to the roads over the holidays. That means that more pets will be going too! Before you put your dog (or cat) in the car, consider the cons of traveling versus having a pet sitter … Read More

What Dogs Can Detect

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

It never ceases to amaze me what dogs can detect.  It’s because their nose and sense of smell is so much more advanced than ours. A dog has 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in ours. Also, the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is 40 times greater than ours. Dogs have been … Read More

Does Your Senior Dog Need to Go Back to School Too?

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

It’s back-to-school time, although this year it is a little different! Many parents had to make the tough decision whether to homeschool their kids or send them to school. We all know that school is important because you’re never too old to learn! Too many dog owners put up with annoying or nuisance behaviors because it is easier to ignore … Read More

Swimming Is Great For Senior Dogs

Cindy SmithDog Health, Dog Safety, Senior Dogs

There are basically three types of dogs – dogs who are natural swimmers, dogs who aren’t built to survive in the water, and dogs that can be taught to swim. For senior dogs, swimming is a fantastic exercise because it is joint friendly, particularly for arthritic dogs who have issues with bones, joints and cartilage. Swimming is great cardiovascular exercise, … Read More

Where Did Everyone Go?

Cindy SmithDog Health, Dog Safety, Senior Dogs

#separationanxiety

Chances are your dog got used to you being home as we sheltered in place. Or maybe you adopted at dog during the Covid-19 shutdown. Because dogs are social creatures, having you home has been a dream come true for them. We’ve had the time to take more walks, play more games, and even the kids have been home! However, … Read More

Dog DNA Testing

Cindy SmithDog Health, Dog Safety, Senior Dogs

#dnatesting

Ancestry.com, 23 and ME and CRI Genetics have become extremely popular as tests have exploded in recent years, with the number of people signing up more than doubling in 2019. People want to learn more about their family history, their ancestry, their personal identity, and important health information. DNA tests are becoming popular for dogs as well, especially among mutt … Read More

Could You Be Confusing Your Dog?

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

#confuseddoghelpemup

Our world and a dog’s world are very different, yet we want them to integrate into ours. Can you imagine how confusing it must be for them? Think about a new puppy. At around 12 weeks, we take them away from their parents, brothers and sisters and the only security they have known. We take them to a new home, … Read More

Walk With Your Senior Dog

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

#helpemuploophandles

Turn on any TV or radio, and it won’t be long before a pitch for the latest fad diet, exercise gadget, or weight loss book surges through the speakers. But missing from the over-hyped offers is the most critical ingredient for success-the motivation to stick to the plan. Enter our furry canine friends and the desire to walk with your … Read More

Keeping Your Senior Dog Safe Over Thanksgiving

Cindy SmithDog Holidays, Senior Dogs

#thanksgivingdogs

Can you smell it? The aroma of pumpkin and apple pies, the smell of turkey and stuffing, the laughter of family gathered together. Although Thanksgiving is a great time to give extra love to your dog, it’s not the best time to give him certain foods. Unfortunately, our Thanksgiving feast is riddled with a high sugar and fat content that … Read More

Autumn Tips for Your Senior Dog

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

#autumn tips #senior dogs

The summer is behind us and it’s that time of year when the weather can be quite unpredictable no matter where you live in the country. Your senior dog is probably welcoming the slightly cooler temperatures and a relief from summer’s hot, sticky weather. As with many of the seasons, Help ‘Em Up wants to make sure you and your … Read More