Elderly Dog Care, Dehorned Goat Care, and Other Pet Health Questions

Pet health questions about elderly dog care and dehorned goat care were among those addressed in this installment of a regular feature.

| October/November 1994

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    As with people, proper elderly dog care requires some adjustments to diet and exercise.  
    REED KAESTNER/UNIPHOTO
  • 146 pet health questions - dehorned goat
    Dehorning is an often necessary part of keeping a goat, but great care must be used in the process to avoid infection.
    B. TAYLOR/H. ARMSTRONG ROBERTS
  • 142 pet health questions - andrea looney
    Every issue veterinarian Andrea Looney answers pet health questions from readers.
    PHOTO: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
  • 146 pet health questions - bird diet cartoon
    Seeds alone do not constitute a healthy bird diet. Like humans, they need some fruits and vegetables too.
    RICK KIRKMAN

  • 146 pet health questions - man w poodle
  • 146 pet health questions - dehorned goat
  • 142 pet health questions - andrea looney
  • 146 pet health questions - bird diet cartoon

The following pet health questions were submitted by readers.  


Elderly Dog Care 

Dear Andrea:   

My Labrador retriever turned 11 years old in July. She's a little hesitant to jump around after balls and a little slower getting around in the morning, but overall, she's great. What is the best way to care for her as she gets older? Are there special diets that can help?  

—Benjamin Monroe
Fairbanks, AK
 



Dear Benjamin:  

The average life span of the domesticated dog or cat is about 12 to 15 years. And while older pets shouldn't become a health obsession for you, they do have a few different health care needs.






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