#SeniorSunday

I would like everyone to believe that Chuleta and I spend our days hiking the beautiful Hudson Valley and our evenings snuggled together in the bed, but that would be an outright lie. The truth is that having a senior dog often comes with a myriad of issues that owners need to accommodate in order to make sure that their pup not only remains healthy, but also remains happy.

I mentioned in an earlier post that Chuleta has become incontinent, which means she is peeing constantly. (It also means that she is no longer allowed on the bed unless being closely monitored!) It hasn’t reached the point of being completely beyond control, yet. Thankfully, Chuleta has taken to peeing on the Wee Wee pads, for the most part.

When I was fifteen, I spent the entire summer training Chuleta to go to the bathroom, outside, like a normal dog. Because my mother had been so ill, Chuleta had only been trained to go to the bathroom inside, in a doggy-style litter box. After my mother passed away, I couldn’t help but feel that Chuleta needed to behave more like a normal dog and took it upon myself to outdoor train her.

It took a great deal of diligence to train this toy dog to go to the bathroom, outside. I know that none of this is her fault and I’ve done what I can to rectify the problem, but I think of it in human terms, which is where the problem lies. Sometimes it feels as if she pees out of spite and even though I am sure that is not the case, it doesn’t make constantly having to clean up after her, any less frustrating.

Does your senior dog do something that annoys you? Something he/she cannot control? Let me know, so I feel like less of a horrible pet parent!

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Jodi Jarvis-Therrian
Jodi Jarvis-Therrian

I also tried Vetriscience Bladder strength with my older dog and WOW I was shocked, it was a miracle ,she went from diapers every night to the last 2 years of her life accident free. Don't be to hard on yourself , it sounds like you a pawsome pet parent !

PawesomeCats (@pawesomecats)
PawesomeCats (@pawesomecats)

Sounds like you are doing a great job. It can be hard caring for a pet with health issues. My Charlie has IBD, and whilst we have it under control now we went through 12 months of diarrhoea which wasn't pleasant for either of us...I'll spare you the details :)

mariedogwalker
mariedogwalker

As my dog gets older, joint issues are making it difficult for her to go on long walks. In her younger years we would take long walks together and she was always so happy and never wanted the walk to end. Now, many times I would like to keep walking but she doesn't, and I need to be understanding that walking is not always easy for her now. It can be frustrating when our pets get older but that doesn't mean we are not excellent pet parents :)

Robin
Robin

Incontinence in pets is a very difficult thing. I think as an owner, you always go between being upset about the messes and feeling that you somehow played a part in the progression of the problem. I'm glad that neither of my kitties are facing this problem right now.

Carleen Pruess Coulter
Carleen Pruess Coulter

I had a senior dog who used to have accidents. We finally ended up diapering her much of the time.

wolff den press
wolff den press

Argh! My mom's dog does this, sometimes the wee wee pads and sometimes the carpet when no one is looking. I don't think it's your fault at all and I think the doggie diapers are a good option when you've tried everything else :-) a friend of mine runs a rescue for senior mill dogs and the diapers are a Godsend!

Beth | Daily Dog Tag
Beth | Daily Dog Tag

We had a senior Yorkie who while visiting my in-laws had an accident on their brand new carpet. My father-in-law never quite forgave either of us. :( I Pug-sit my sister's senior dog and it can be frustrating at times.

Jana Rade
Jana Rade

In spite of being young, Cookie has some issues with leaking too. We are testing a new supplement and incorporated chiropractic adjustments. Every now and then, particularly after eating a bunch of fresh snow, she will still leak. It is what it is. We have special mattress covers and use pee pads on the couch, covered with a washable blanket. We do our best taking her out often enough but every now and then we miss the mark. Pleasant issue? Nope. But she's our little girl and we love her.

Julia Bentley
Julia Bentley

If you haven't already, check out Vetriscience's Bladder Strength. I'm using it to supplement the Proin I'm using for my older Boxer and I may ween offs the Proin altogether. I know some folks who have used it with good success.

Julia Bentley
Julia Bentley

If you haven't already, check out Vetriscience's Bladder Strength. I am using it to supplement my older Boxer's Proin (he can't take full dose Proin because of the effect on his BP) & it seems to help. I know some people who use it alone and I may try to ween off the Proin.

LB Johnson
LB Johnson

You did a wonderful job with your lovely dog. You ARE a great Dog Mom.

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