The Dreaded Topic

May 14,2018

The dreaded topic for animal owners…my pet is getting older.  No one wants to talk about it (the elephant in the room), you know old age, sickness, slowing down, death.  Unfortunately as we all know, death is just one of those things you can’t avoid.  I have lost many pets in my 41 years on this planet.  Surprisingly, many of them have died young.  My first cat, Munchkin, was the only one to die of old age.  It is heart breaking, I don’t have to tell you that.  My Finn is 7 and I can see him slowing down already.  Don’t get me wrong he is still a nut ball but now it is in bursts, not a sustainable level of craziness.

People ask me all the time what is the comparison for ages of dogs to ages of human.  Well, it turns out the whole 7 years theory is wrong.  When your dog is young it ages much more rapidly and as it matures the rate of growth slows down.  It also depends on the weight of your dog.  For instance according to this chart, Finn, who is 7 and weighs close to 70lbs, is 50 years old in human years.  So no wonder he is slowing down a bit.  I am 41 and I find myself slowing the pace.

So I figure now is the time to start thinking about changes that may need to be made in my home to accommodate Finn.  I read a great article this morning about the changes you can make to help your dog live longer and happier in your home.  I know I have lots of stairs and hardwood floors which will eventually become an issue.  Just the way he cannonballs on the floor when he lays down is enough to make my joints hurt.  I also know he will need help getting in our cars, which has never been an issue.  You don’t realize that many of the issues that concern us about our aging parents also apply to our aging dogs.  My home is a split level and it is already difficult for our parents to come over, I can’t imagine what it will be like for Finn who has to walk up and down steps all day.  I know this is depressing but it is a topic that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.  I hope you take a few minutes to read this article and know that there are things you can do now to prepare for our aging pets.


Have a tail wagging day,