Keeping Your Senior Dog’s Mind Alert Is Very Important

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from mental decline as they age. It’s often uppermost in our minds that dogs need physical exercise to stay healthy. What we often forget is that dogs – particularly senior dogs – need mental stimulation as well. As dogs age, they can experience mental deterioration which is referred to as Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS). … Read More

Consider Fostering a Senior Dog

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

As the holidays are upon us, we often think about those who may be less fortunate, out in the cold, need a warm meal or just a little help.  Many people “adopt a family” through their church or a charitable group, providing the family with some basics and much-needed help. It’s also important to consider this for animals.  If you … Read More

Be Careful of the Bones You Give Your Dog

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

As you go through the pet department and see all the treats and bones, you may be tempted to buy some for your dog. Different vets have differing opinions on feeding your dog bones, but we all know that most dogs love bones. There are a lot of misconceptions about dog bones so it is important to know the facts … Read More

Preparing Your Senior Dog to the Vet

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

Many of us fear going to the doctor or dentist. The office can have an antiseptic smell and we often associate the visit with shots. It’s no different for dogs. Although taking them to the vet is essential for their health and well-being, a visit can be distressing for our canine companions. Not only will they encounter hundreds of new … Read More

Choosing the Right Vet For Your Senior Dog

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

After you and your family, one of the most important individuals in your dog’s life will be his/her vet.  He will be the one helping you with your dog’s nutrition, health and care. As many of us have senior dogs, their needs can be quite different than puppies or even middle-aged dogs. Therefore, it is important to choose a veterinarian … Read More

Does Your Older Dog Sleep A Lot?

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

As humans age, we often sleep less deeply and wake up more during the night, causing many of us to take naps during the day (if we can get away with it). According to the Sleep Foundation, healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep nightly. Many of our dogs sleep more than we do. Adult dogs generally sleep … Read More

How to Recognize If Your Older Dog Is In Pain

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

When children are hurt, you can often tell by their screams or the expression on their faces. When dogs are in pain or hurting it can be hard to tell. If you step on their paw accidentally, they may respond with a loud help. However, it is part of the animal instinct not to show they are hurting as the … Read More

Top Questions To Ask A Boarding Kennel

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Safety, Senior Dogs

If it’s not possible to bring your dog along on a family vacation or leave him with a trusted friend or family member, you may consider a reputable boarding facility. Although there have been horror stories about disreputable kennels, there may be a great “bed and biscuit” in your area and your dog may even enjoy the company of other … Read More

Giving Thanks For My Dog

Cindy SmithSenior Dogs

As the hustle and bustle of the holidays draw near, we sometimes forget the simple things in life –what we are thankful for. As we are adding up our blessings, our family and friends often come to mind first.  It’s sometimes simple to overlook one of the most important aspects of our life: our canine and feline companions. As a … Read More

Maligned and Misunderstood: Pit Bulls

Lindsey ZimmermanSenior Dogs

At Help ‘Em Up, our dog harnesses are often used on pit bulls who have lost their mobility or have hip dysplasia. These dogs are not the dangerous monsters often portrayed in the media. As a dog parent myself and as a business owner involved in the pet industry, I can tell you that pit bulls get a bad rap … Read More