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However boisterous and fun-loving our doggy companions might be, we have to face the reality that they will eventually slow down and perhaps require more gentle care or a change in their daily routine. With dogs, the age at which they can be regarded as elderly varies according to the breed. As a rule of thumb, a large dog such as a Great Dane or a Saint Bernard senior status is reached at about five or six years old with an average life span of ten years, while a small breed, like a Chihuahua, is still adolescent and could well live to sixteen years or more. Packed with practical advice and tips, this book explains the physical and behavioural changes that you might experience in your dog, and further chapters cover general care, grooming, feeding, diseases, home safety for him, car travel, special care, and how to cope and plan for when the inevitable happens and it is time to say goodbye. There is advice too on adopting an older dog from a rescue centre, and how to win the confidence of one that has been badly treated. Various aids are available, perfect for an older dog. These include non-slip ramps to make car access easier, non-slip water bowls, and trays that allow treats to be hidden beneath sliding covers, thus making a kind of mind game, to keep a dog's brain active. Here too, is grooming advice, the importance of health checks and how to obtain a doggy urine sample should a vet ask for one. An invaluable guide for any dog owner. Softback. 128pp. Colour illus.

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