Showing posts with label seniors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label seniors. Show all posts
Monday, 18 November 2019
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DIY Custom Fitted Belly Band Dog Diaper

As with many things in life, making a DIY dog diaper was never something that ever crossed my mind, until it was needed. What would previously have seemed a little crazy (like my giant senior dog stroller) suddenly became perfectly reasonable. Tailoring custom-made diapers for Oli's comfort? Of course! Only the best for my beautiful old boy.

Sleeping senior Dalmatian dog wearing a custom DIY belly band incontinence doggy diaper

When Oli's occasional LBL escalated in to accidental wetting of the bed in his sleep (and after our vet ruled out any treatable underlying issues), we tried waking and taking him to pee in the middle of the night, but that didn't resolve the leakage. Beloved Oli was still welcome on all the beds, which we topped with waterproof protectors, easy care blankets, and other accommodations; however, he seemed embarrassed to wake with wetness and tried to lick himself and the bed clean. Not wanting Oli to feel upset or irritate himself with licking, we decided to try a belly band.

Monday, 30 September 2019
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Using a Dog Stroller for Better Senior Quality of Life

Two dalmatian dogs on a walking trail with a large dog stroller

Life with a senior dog is filled with love, but also the sadness of watching them struggle or miss out on things that used to bring them joy.  When Oli started slowing down and retired from being my running buddy, we adapted to life by taking him on a separate walk if Humphrey and I were running.  As he slowed further, separate walkies become our daily norm. It's time consuming, but it gives both dogs the types of exercise they need and enjoy. Now the time has come to include a stroller in our exercise equipment for a better (and safer) senior quality of life. Here's the scoop on our stroller (good and bad) and adjusting to stroller life.

Monday, 22 July 2019
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DIY Water/Pee Resistant Furniture Pads and Dog Bed Toppers

Senior Dalmatian dog lying on blanket on sofa with pillows

As shared last week, senior dog Oli's increasing issues with bladder leakage have lead to us upping our game on making his favourite places around the house more pee-tolerant so he can continue to enjoy his golden years (pun totally intended...hehe...) in comfort.  I spent so much time looking for suitable bed sheets and protectors that Facebook and Google ads started serving me targeted ads for incontinence products.  There are some great products out there, but I couldn't find the sizes/shapes I wanted to suit Oli and his nesting places. So I decided to make my own by adapting some simple ready-made products to perfectly sized (and styled) custom water/pee resistant toppers for the sofa and our two non-waterproof dog beds (pretty, but vulnerable). 

Monday, 15 July 2019
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DIY Reversible Cotton Flannelette Absorbent Dog Blankets

Elderly Dalmatian dog lying on a flannel blanket and waterproof bed sheet

This post is the second of today's special flannelette DIY double-up, first with a simple single layered flannel blanket and now our reversible double layered blanket . The same techniques can be used on very small pieces of cotton flannelette (or other absorbent material) to make washable reusable cosmetic wipes, "non-paper" towels, etc. or upsized for bigger sheets/blankets. These special blankets were made to be cute and cosy (of course!) but specially sized and created to use as a topper on our senior dog Oli's nightime bedding to help with moisture control.

Friday, 13 April 2018
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Dog Vision vs. Human Vision: A Life Changing Owner Learning

Dog sitting in the forest with colour, contrast, and clarity adjusted to show the image as a dog's vision might see the scene

👓 Don't adjust your screens...this is the same post cataract surgery walkies photo of Oli as shared in our cataract surgery post, adjusted to represent a typical healthy dog's view of the same scene.   When trying to better understand the differences between human vision and our dog's vision so that we could better assist our senior dog Oli with his post-cataract surgery visual deficits, I had a (long overdue) lightbulb moment that changed everything for us in how we approach our dogs' view of the world. I knew that dogs didn't perceive colour the same way as we did, but never understood the potential implications of dog vision vs. human vision and how I could use that knowledge to better support our dogs with visual cues as well as boost their general fun. 

Monday, 9 April 2018
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Senior Dog Love - DIY Emergency Dog Mobility Support Sling

This is not the most exciting or glamorous DIY post, but if it helps another dog owner at some point then it's totally worth it. As shared in our post cataract surgery summary, Oli's temporary vision loss meant that we needed a pet sling urgently.  We have steps at both entrances, so no matter what, potty time would require assistance and there was zero chance of finding one in our small city nor time for a special order. Oli is a big boy and lifting is no easy task. So I quickly made one with materials on hand while they were on the drive home from surgery.

Owner holding homemade emergency dog mobility sling

Friday, 6 April 2018
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Senior Dog Love - Oli Update - Cataract Surgery Experience

Close up of Dalmatian dog's eyes after cataract surgery

April is here, and this month is all about our beautiful old boy Oli who has his 12th barkday coming in a few weeks!  We are also passing the milestone of six months post cataract surgery and with any further visual improvements from here likely to be slow and minimal at best, it's time we shared a summary of our cataract surgery experience for those of you who have taken Oli into your hearts over the past few years of our blogging or those who may be facing similar uncertainties with their own beloved pets.

Friday, 16 February 2018
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Resolutions for Making This a True Year of the Dog (or Dogs)

Two Dalmatian dogs playing on a black sand beach at low tide during a colourful sunrise

If you're a regular visitor to our blog and/or social media, you know our dogs are very loved and well-cared for but we can always do better! Since it's 2018, I've broken my reflections down into 18 ways to give your dog a happier and healthier life and I'm sharing some of my own shortcomings, learnings, and resolutions at the end of the post.  Let's invest time and energy to make this and every year that follows a better year for our dogs!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018
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{RECIPE} All Natural Hot Pink Valentine Gummy Dog Treats

Bright pink gelatin gummy dog treats shaped like bones and paws

These bright pink gelatin gummy dog treats get the pretty pink from combining our go-to simple stock base with plain yogurt and beetroot powder. They only take a few minutes to make (plus set time) and are something that I feel great about giving to our boys as a treat since they are jam packed with healthy goodness. 

Monday, 30 October 2017
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{RECIPE} Turmeric Latte Golden Milk Gummy Dog Treats

Turmeric gelatin gummy dog treats shaped like bones

Both of our dogs have turmeric regularly, both in some of their homemade treats and sprinkled directly onto their food.  Sometimes this is sprinkle a coconut oil mixture (see this guest post for how to make golden powder dog food sprinkles) but often I just sprinkle a little powder straight-up onto their food.  We give a number of different healthy add-ins this way to keep things interesting with variety, but turmeric is a favourite of both dogs for smell/taste and us for its potential health benefits.  When Oli was heading into cataract surgery, I wasn't sure whether sprinkling quick-to-stain turmeric on his meals would be a good idea given we anticipated significantly impaired vision during healing. Oli is a very messy eater at the best of times (see our dog-friendly home cleaning tips) and I could imagine things getting rather nasty in a hurry: blind eating, stainy turmeric, white fur, tender face, Elizabethan collar...uh-oh... I decided to whip up a batch of extra potent turmeric gummies for his recovery. This an adaptation of our lightly seasoned and simpler turmeric gummy recipe, as shown in our golden gummy star dog treats,. Full of healthy ingredients, doggone delicious scents/flavours, and low-mess goodness. Yay!

Monday, 18 September 2017
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Senior Dog Love - Oli Update - Vision, Mobility, and More

Before we jump back to fresh fun posts after our blog break and Humphrey's belated birthday bash, I'd be remiss if I didn't update our blog friends on our beautiful old boy Oli's ongoing health and senior dog struggles. Since it's too substantial a share for our usual Facebook updates, I've decided to share a quick update here on the blog.

Elderly Dalmatian dog walking in a field of daffodils

Friday, 5 May 2017
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Behind the Scenes: Homemade Dog Breakfast of Champions!

Make it in May! Our final post of this week's special mini series is a peek at our healthy homemade dog breakfasts.  It's not a treat, but it is something homemade that our dogs enjoy every day.  If you've ever though about switching to homemade dog food or mixed feeding (this is what we currently do), why not make this the month that you look into it further and see whether it might be right for you and your dog?  Mixed feeding is honestly much simpler and more economical than I thought before we made the transition, and our dogs are wild about breakfast. Their general health has also improved with our changes in diet - both bought and homemade.

Grated vegetables in a food processor for making homemade dog food

Monday, 16 January 2017
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Happy New Year! Holiday Blog Break Catch Up + News

Smiling Dalmatian dog in a red and white bandana

Happy New Year!  We hope that you all has a safe and enjoyable holiday season.  Our own little holiday blogging break has been a great relaxing family time-off together and now we're refreshed and ready for a whole new year of fun!  
Monday, 7 November 2016
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{RECIPE} Healthy Gummies for Dogs: Scratch + Shortcut

If you don't know where gelatin comes from you may want to turn back now before it's too late...  If you're brave and love your dog, read on. :) As noted in our post on ingredients we use for homemade dog treats and why, bone broth is a healthy homemade treat for dogs (and humans, if you're keen) and quality gelatin has some of the same health benefits.  Here's how we use bone broth for our dogs as well as a (much quicker!) healthy gummy dog treat.

Heart shaped homemade gelatin gummy dog treats