Rising life expectancy means more older pets

The Colorado Springs Gazette looks at the challenges of living with aging dogs like Rudy, a 17-year-old Dachshund who’s had three back surgeries:

His steps are slowed by (the) surgeries and assorted aches and pains. Kidney problems awaken him a couple of times each night, and he’s losing his sight. He prefers long naps in the sun, but rallies for walks in the yard and some bickering with his canine companions, Sam and Casey.

“Pets are living a lot longer. They get better nutrition, better medical care and aren’t out wandering neighborhoods having accidents,” says Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, coordinator for community practice at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Jack, an older Dachshund
Jack – The Oldest Dachshund, originally uploaded by Ryan Pears.

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