Dog Daycare: What’s Your Plan If You Have an Emergency?

Dog daycare may not be on your top priority list until your 85 year old uncle falls down the stairs, spends 4 days in the hospital, requires 3 weeks of physical therapy and needs to install a stairlift before he can go home and care for his dog who’s now your responsibility or even worse, you’re franticly in need of someone to foster your uncle’s 10 year old dog for several weeks and have no idea how your uncle and his dog will deal with  separation.

This news brief gives you an example of one dog owner’s emergency situation so you’ll have a strategy to create a care team for an injured dog owner and their beloved dog.

Dog Daycare: 8 Helpful Tips for Emergency Coverage

  1. Dog Foster Care – You never know when you’ll need a trustworthy dog sitter who can take over full responsibility for your loved one’s dog in an emergency.  A good strategy would be to have a dog sitter and a foster home in case you need a temporary or permanent solution to care for a senior’s dog when something goes wrong.
  2. Keys – You’ll need at least 5 sets of keys to give out to your care team to handle things like taking out trash, picking up mail or retrieving personal items for your loved one.  You may need to give keys to your dog daycare manager, housekeeper or a service company if work needs to be done.
  3. Phone numbers – Emergency numbers including dog sitters, family members, friends, doctors, home care facilities and financial planners should be kept in a safe place that the care team can access readily.
  4. Dog food & treats – Your care team needs to know where the dog food and treats are kept as well as the daily portions.  You may want to put notes on the refrigerator for easy reference.
  5. Leashes, harnesses and jackets – To make things easy, keep the dog’s leashes, harnesses and jackets in one place near the door you’ll use to take the dog out.  Don’t forget the doggie waste bags too!  You may want to have an emergency kit ready in case you need to bring it along to your dog daycare facility so your senior’s dog will have all the things he needs including one of his toys.
  6. Medications – It’s critical to know all the medications taken by your senior and their dog.  You can keep a list of these items in the kitchen on the refrigerator  with instructions for dosage and where to renew prescriptions as needed.
  7. Veterinarian – Another much needed item on your checklist is the contact information for your senior’s veterinarian including the number for your local emergency animal hospital.
  8. Instructions for dog care – Your senior might have special daily routines with his dog.  A smart idea is to write them down and give them to your care team, dog daycare facility or foster dog parents so everyone has the same instructions for dog care. 

Fred and Sasha’s Story

  • Fred – The good news here is that Fred had a care team in place and were able to put a plan together immediately. Since Fred managed to dial 911 to get emergency help for himself, the next top priority was finding a foster home for his dog, Sasha, a lively 10 year old Cairn Terrier who looks like Toto from the well known classic movie, The Wizard of Oz.  After a long discussion with his care team including what to do about dog daycare, of High Energy Dogscourse, Fred agreed to the installation of a stairlift as the first step to safe-proofing his home.  Fred can’t wait to come home from from the rehab facility so he can be reunited with his best pal Sasha.  He’s grateful for his care team beyond words.
  • Sasha – As part of Fred’s care team, I’m lucky to be able to take Sasha for weekly walks by the ocean.  Even though I know Sasha could literally lift me off my feet if I let her pull me down the street, she is a perfect example of a well behaved dog.  Fred says that Sasha loves anyone she’s with, however I’m certain her heart remains with her owner and I bet she can’t wait to come home soon and be with Fred.  Dog daycare in Sasha’s case would be only for emergencies.

This short story gives you a heartwarming story and tips for emergency coverage so you can put together a care team for your loved one and their dog in case something unforeseen happens.

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Dementia in Dogs: What If Your Dog Forgets Who You Are?

Dog Health News™ - Dementia in DogsSigns of dementia in dogs, also diagnosed as canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), appear in ways that might go unnoticed or could be misdiagnosed when your dog has accidents in your house or she doesn’t respond to your commands until you repeat yourself several times, and even worse, your dog may wander aimlessly and not recognize you any more, which could frustrate you enough to wonder if your dog should be put down to save her from further decline and reduced quality of life.

This news brief gives you facts about canine dementia including symptoms, possible causes and treatment so you can take better care of your senior dog who actually needs more love and understanding than when she was a puppy.

Dementia in Dogs: 10 Potential Symptoms

  1. Confused – Your dog may seem disoriented and she could also wander around aimlessly in your home or outdoors.  When you look in your dog’s eyes, you may not feel she’s connecting with you the way she did when she was younger.
  2. Anxious  – Your dog’s behavior could change and she might seem nervous, shaky or ill at ease.  You may also notice your dog barks and whimpers at the smallest distractions or changes in her environment.
  3. Lack of appetite  – Your dog may not be interested in her meals and walk away from her food.  If you offer your dog treats, she may ignore them or seem confused.
  4. Sleeplessness – Symptoms of dementia in dogs can also cause your dog to have difficulty sleeping, wander around, whine and seem uncomfortable during the night.
  5. Forgetful – You may need to guide your dog on walks because she Dementia in Dogsmight not remember the route and seem anxious.  Your dog may also require your help to find toys, her water bowl and her favorite place to take a nap.
  6. Less self-grooming – Watch for a decline in self-grooming like licking private parts and paws.  This lack of personal care could be a sign of dementia in dogs.
  7. Incontinence – Senior dogs with dementia may develop incontinence because the messages sent by their brain no longer work well and they can’t control when they urinate or move their bowels.
  8. Less playful – A decline in energy along with a lack of playfulness may be yet another sign of dementia in your dog as she ages.
  9. Irritable – Your dog may have signs of dementia if she’s easily disturbed, nervous or jumpy.
  10. Slow learner – Another subtle sign of dementia could be if your dog doesn’t pick up new clues when you show her how to do something like getting into your car or fetching a toy.

Possible Causes of Cognitive Disfunction and Dementia in Dogs

  • Genetic predisposition to cognitive disfunction.
  • Oxidative stress related to free radical damage to your dog’s brain.
  • Nerve damage from protein build up that blocks signals from your dog’s brain.

Prevention and Treatment

  • Diet – Feed your dog a balanced breed-appropriate diet and keep treats to a minimum so your dog maintains a healthy weight.  Overweight dogs are at higher risk for diseases including dementia.
  • Exercise – Keep your dog active and useful with toys and long walks every day.  The more your dog uses her brain, the better Jesse - Dog Health News - Dementia in Dogschance she will retain her memory and live a longer, healthier life.  Stimulating toys that challenge your dog to think are the best ones to use for your dog at any age.
  • Remedies – Add alpha lipoic acid and grape seed extract as remedies to prevent and treat dementia in dogs.
  • Unconditional love – Be sure to spend time with your senior dog and give her extra care, attention and company.  Your dog is affected by her environment, so positive energy can go a long way to help your senior dog have a better quality of life.
  • Vet visits – Bring your dog to your local vet twice a year for checkups to monitor her progression of symptoms.

This short article covered symptoms causes, prevention and treatment for dogs with dementia so you have the tools you need to keep your dog healthy. 

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