Happy Thorsday, little friday and Thankful Thursday!
You’ll note today’s topic is addressed exclusively on this blog. Not only is the DIVA in denial about her age, but she’s in a MOOD and is asserting herself all over the place.
The fact is, I’ve been trying to come to grips with the DIVA’s aging process for about a year. Her red is fading out, and she’s not leaping to high heights as often anymore. We still log 20+ miles a week, and she’s generally the one who pushes for a run when we do run, but none of us is growing younger.
When a dog becomes a senior is as open for debate as the classification is for humans. It’s even muddier for a basset, because some sources classify them as a large breed, and sometimes, large breeds are considered seniors around 5-6 years of age. Most sources though classify bassets as a medium breed, so Sis, who will be 6 in October, isn’t a senior yet. I’m selfishly going with that interpretation in part because our vets have laughed about Sis greying prematurely, and because while she’s not the tiny, petite basset I said I wanted, she lacks Fred’s extra-dense frame.
Senior dogs have the same potential challenges senior humans face. They have more aches and pains, making routine activities annoying rather than fun some days. Their metabolisms slow. They can develop arthritis and even senility. Hearing and vision sometimes fade, as do their coats. The best approach is to talk to your vet about any changes in your dog’s appearance or habits. Poor Fred required better living through pharmacology, beginning when he was about 6, but Sissy has made her own subtle adjustments, and I think that as long as she remains trim and active, she isn’t likely to need even joint supplements for a good while.
There are even vets who specialize in senior pets. The vet we saw immediately after Wondervet moved away has a special interest in senior pet care, but she was also fabulous for timid Gg.
I’m thankful that I live in an age when our pets are family, where limited, quality ingredient treats and pet foods are becoming the norm, where we have access to highly trained specialists for our pets. And I’m always grateful for our blogging community. Many of you have become treasured friends!
What are you thankful for today?