By: Dr. Susan Wootten
As dogs age, we generally see changes in their behavior. The playful ball-chasing and constant running around that we associate with puppies gives way to adult dogs napping in the sun and lounging during evening TV time. And with senior dogs, we accept even more slowing down. It is important to remember, however, that old age is not a disease. We need to differentiate between normal behavior changes of aging dogs and abnormal behaviors that can be important signals of pain.
Animal Hospital of North Asheville’s first Healthy Halloween Party was so much fun! This was a party to help our clients learn about low calorie healthy treats for their pets. Our veterinarians and staff were on hand with lots and lots of treats that had fewer than 10 calories each! Our main message was that pets enjoy the experience of getting a treat, but unlike us, they experience the same amount of happiness whether it is a big treat or a small one. So keep those treats low calorie and small!
Help us help ease the need that so many dogs and cats have for food and warmth this winter! Animal Hospital of North Asheville will match, up to 2,000 pounds, any pet food donated to our Holiday Pet Food Drive to benefit three wonderful local animal welfare organizations: Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and Meals on Wheels.