Author(s): David Alderton
Most dogs live longer these days, thanks to a greater understanding of what they need in terms of food, exercise, health monitoring, and medical care. This book describes how to recognise and understand the changes - both mental and physical - that occur as your dog grows older. It explains - with the help of unique and specially-commissioned photography - how to manage these changes successfully, and thus how to make the senior canine years more enjoyable and fulfilling for both you and your dog. Exercise, diet, grooming, sharing the house with a younger dog, travel and holiday arrangements - all this and much more is covered in detail. There is also advice on how to work closely with your vet in order to manage your dog's senior years, as well as sympathetic advice for when the time comes to say goodbye. It includes: physical and behavioural changes; general care; feeding the older dog; using your vet; diseases and the older dog; special care; when it's time to say goodbye; and, glossary of terms.
David Alderton trained as a veterinarian, and his books about dogs have sold over a million copies. David has been awarded the Maxwell Medal by the Dog Writers' Association of America, and has acted as consultant on canine programmes screened by the Discovery Channel. He was very closely involved in the TV documentary celebrating the Crufts Centenary dog show, screened by the UK's BBC and broadcasters in thirteen other countries world-wide. Derek Hall is a freelance author and editor, specialising in natural history, including pets. He has an Honours degree in Biology from London University. As editor, he has produced numerous pet books, covering a range of subjects including aquarium fish, horses, cats, dogs, cage birds and small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, etc). He was also editor of the successful partwork The Living Countryside. Derek Hall has also given practical talks on nature watching. As author, his books include guides on keeping chickens, bee-keeping, and dog breeds and their care. He has owned and trained dogs ranging from pedigree fox terriers and springer spaniels to 'rescued' cross-breeds.
Introduction Physical and behavioural changes General care Feeding the older dog Using your vet Diseases and the older dog Special care When it's time to say goodbye Glossary of terms Index