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Senior Dog Dementia is What We’re About

Walking Doggies is an online shopping site offering products and resources to help senior dogs with dementia live longer, healthier lives. All of our resources are free to use. Our products for sale are hand-picked by me, and represent my commitment to treat Murphy’s dementia holistically.

Dogs are living longer these days and that’s a wonderful thing, but it comes with an increased chance of developing health problems common to senior dogs.

Senior dog dementia, also known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), is a brain disease prevalent in older dogs that causes cognitive decline, similar to Alzheimer’s Disease in people.

My sweet boy Murphy is 16 years old today! I observed the first symptom of CCD (although I didn’t know that’s what it was at the time) on August 13, 2018, when Murphy walked away from his bowl leaving half his breakfast. He hasn’t eaten normally since. New symptoms developed shortly thereafter and I researched each symptom as it occurred.

Research pointed to CCD. Murphy had many of the early symptoms and seemed to be declining quickly. I wanted to treat him naturally and organically and I searched the Internet for holistic supplements that might help senior dog dementia. I read stories by owners of CCD dogs about their successful battle against this disease using holistic supplements.  I studied the supplements they suggested, read labels and reviews, and bought the supplements I thought would be best for Murphy. Since he wasn’t eating on his own I added the supplements to his food and syringe-fed him twice a day. Murphy had to eat while we figured out how to cope with this disease.

After weeks of syringe-feeding healthy, natural food and holistic supplements Murphy started to improve and eventually began eating on his own. To ensure he was getting all of his supplements I mixed them into a teaspoon of organic pumpkin and syringe-fed them every day.

murphy Jan 2019It’s now 9 months later and Murphy is improving a little more each day. During those 9 months I became active in several online support groups for senior dogs with cognitive issues, and I shared Murphy’s story and smiling face. Group members contacted me to ask about Murphy’s improvement and to discuss their concerns about their own dogs. There seemed to be a need for an online resource to help senior dogs with dementia live longer, healthier lives, so I decided to create that resource and to share Murphy’s journey.

So hang around. There’s hope here, and there definitely is life after a diagnosis of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction. Murphy is living proof of that!

Just a note: This is Murphy’s Journey. His healthcare and supplement protocol are specific to him. Please use his journey as a guidepost, not a hitching post (thanks dad!). Do your own research. Speak to your veterinarian if your dog has signs of CCD or any other illness, and always check with your vet before changing your dog’s food or adding supplements. Every dog is different and what works for one may not work for another.

Here’s what you’ll find on our site:

  • Walking Doggies is a FREE resource available at no charge to anyone who wants to visit us.
  • Updates on Murphy’s journey through Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.
  • Helpful resources, including articles and videos from professional pet care providers, pet food recall alerts, a live feed of pet industry news to keep you updated on important pet issues, a full page of links to organizations you can contact if you need physical, emotional or financial help caring for your senior dog, and many more resources to come.
  • A place to share stories, experiences and pictures with other dog owners who are dealing with CCD. Our brand new Facebook Group is set up and ready to go.
  • An introduction to the holistic supplements that are helping Murphy and updates on any changes in his supplement protocol.
  • As new supplements to treat CCD enter the marketplace we’ll research and report on them.
  • We’re here to encourage you to consider holistic supplements for your CCD dog to make this journey we share a little easier.

Walking Doggies has some big plans that we would like to share with you. We would love to see more senior dogs being adopted by more senior citizens. Our Senior-to-Senior Adoption initiative includes:

  • CREATING discount or free adoption programs at local shelters and rescue organizations for senior citizens who adopt a dog, and for anyone who adopts a senior dog.

  • BUILDING local networks of neighborhood businesses that offer discounts to senior citizens. These businesses include:

    – Veterinarians
    – Animal hospitals and clinics
    – Dog groomers
    – Dog trainers
    – Dog walkers and boarders
    – Pet supply stores

  • SHARING the latest news and products available in the marketplace to help senior dogs live happier, healthier lives.

  • WORKING with senior dog sanctuaries to coordinate resources to help senior dog owners manage their dog’s care later in life.

We hope you find our website helpful. Thanks for visiting Walking Doggies,

Laura

Remember, adopt, don’t shop. Give a homeless dog a chance.

We encourage people to adopt older shelter dogs. Many of them were abandoned through no fault of their own, after a lifetime of loyalty to their families. These dogs may spend the rest of their lives in a cage, unloved and depressed. An older shelter dog would make a wonderful companion for an older person who doesn’t want to deal with an energetic younger dog.

Disclosure: We are affiliate marketers with links to online retailers, and we receive a small compensation from the purchase of products on our site. This in no way affects our product selection. We choose products that we sincerely feel will help senior dogs and their owners live their best lives.

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