As we have many dogs of our own preparing our self to our own furr getting older is one of the reason why I accepted this new guest.
Accepting an older dog or older cats for pet sitting or boarding would be a good experience .
A new customer e-mailed me and ask me to look after her 15 ½ years older male poodle.
Normally I don’t say yes until I see with my two eyes what I am getting into.
So we made an appointment to see and know each other especially the poodle name Fluffy.
I can see he is still very good shape at his age, a typical poodle whose cheerful and sweet in their own personality. Poodles are known for their sweet mild and playful character I think that’s the reason why most of the poodle boards in the house get accepted with my own packs.
I talk to my husband and told him the story about Fluffy he said are you sure of what are you doing?
If something happened to him then you can’t handle to accept that in your soul and then the parent of the dog, how would you explain to them?
I thought about it of course I was super scared but I think it would be sad not to accept Fluffy to be part of myfurryplace even is his few years or months life.
II would be happy to be part of fluff’s happy life.
I would be very happy to do it even he would be a challenge for me.
It will also be a good opportunity to look after older dogs and see how they are at this very challenging part of their life.
So I said yes to Fluffy’s parents, after all they are very nice people!
Talking to them and being a dog lover myself help me connect to each parent and understand their situation.
I am very confident I can do the job! Even this will challenge my ability my knowledge and energy I don’t see any hindrance in there really.
It is not only the money, but to be part of older dogs life give me satisfaction that I have cared such soul. The very first night, I see that Fluffy is rather vulnerable and delicate. I have departed myself of our sleeping arrangement with my own pack. That means sorry babies Mum furry will not be sleeping with you all in the same room tonight. But I am only next door.
I have laid a mattress in the floor in my office and I aligned Fluffys bed next to me.
So I see what’s happening with him during the night. I don’t want to miss anything.
I have noted very well in my head what his Mum told me from food to drink to his medicine.
His mums also prepared rather well organize stuff for him before coming to the house.
He’s medicine has been cut well prepared!
On the 4rt day I noticed that fluffy has been sneezing and coughing. I was so worried to death oh No! Bring him to the vet and the vet explained that Fluffy start having fluid in his lungs.
I wanted to burst in tears. This poor little boy will endure this somehow. So he got a shot and another pill to drains those fluids. When I start giving the medicine ofcouse fluffy always want to sleep and seems tired. But when you call him for a walk he would get up right away.
He loves to be being surrounded by same fur he has. It makes me happy to see him feeling happy and excited !
I have to always watch him if he oversleep of is he is still breathing. All nerve racking situation.
There are few things that to keep in mind about taking care older dogs
Keep a routine time of their medicine, exercise as walking, limit the time according to his capacity and endurance. I do it for ten to fifteen minutes. With the humidity and considering the temperature in the environment you live in.
The time of playing and walking should be always set to same time.
His activity and inter actions with other furriers as well has to be monitored, not that he is too much hyper integrating with them. Especially if the fur is having difficulties of breathing.
Always filled in fresh water in his bowl if possible 3- 6 x a day.
His diet has to be monitored accordingly.
Always engage in activity that the dog truly enjoyed. Let him sleep longer he is an older dogs he goes to sleep early but also wake up early , and after that the fur want to rest again.
Always be gentle to the fur needs and regular visit to the vet is a must to the older dogs.
Patience play a big rule to this stage, they will have accidentally urinate and poop everywhere.
Always clean their ears and fur, although older dogs tend to refuse to bath. But rubbing them with natural scent wet tissues help a lot.
Always be loving and understanding to them. They have no difference with human being children that need loads of love and attention. After all you’re the only one they get. The rest are extra and bonus to them.