Caring for old pets

Your Golden-Years Guide for Caring for Senior Pets

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Guest post by Nick Burton

Whether you’ve been together for a decade, or you’ve just become new friends, living with a senior pet takes a special heart. But it can also take some special care to keep your aging pet comfortable. Use these tips to ensure your senior pet enjoys life to the fullest.

Help Your Pet Live With Achy Joints

For many senior pets, one of the most pressing health concerns is joint pain. Arthritis is a common issue with senior pets, but there are quite a few effective ways you can help your aging pet find pain relief. One of the most promising new treatments for joint pain and inflammation is CBD. CBD oil can also aid with other pet health problems, such as itchy skin and anxiety, so it could be a big boost for your senior pet’s quality of life. Use this CBD buying guide, which contains details on the top 10 CBD oils available in 2019, to figure out whether this natural remedy is right for your pet’s needs.

Be sure to check in with your vet as well before starting any arthritis therapies or treatments for your pet. Your vet may recommend certain pain medications to help your pet maintain their quality of life, or supplementing your pet’s diet with glucosamine and chondroitin to keep their joints strong. If you want to really pamper your senior pet, you can also try giving them a therapeutic massage. Start with gentle pets around problematic areas, working the pressure up to kneading and rubbing which can help relax stiff joints and muscles.

Learn to Deal With Senior Digestive Issues

Aside from joint pain, many senior pets also tend to experience more frequent stomach issues as they age. The best way to resolve these sensitive-stomach and digestive issues is to look for a food that is better suited to your aging pet’s needs. You can check out sensitive-stomach dog foods that can keep your pet’s tummy feeling well. Many options are also made to help your pup maintain a healthy weight, which can be another common health issue for senior pets who may not be as active as they once were. Some tasty treat options for your senior dog can also keep health issues from bringing them down. Look for softer treats that are more gentle on older teeth and that contain beneficial ingredients to help your pet’s coat, joints, stomach, and bladder.

For many senior pet owners, getting older dogs to eat their food can be a challenge. Once you’ve ruled out any underlying health problems, you can try switching their pet food, or you can even cook for senior dogs. Prepare dishes using healthy meats, veggies, and dog-friendly grains to make sure your senior pet is getting all of the vitamins and nutrition needed to stay healthy, happy, and strong.

Look for Ways to Keep Your Senior Pet Healthy

When you are trying to keep your pet healthy, at any age, you should never overlook the importance of good oral health. Just like people, pets need to have their teeth brushed and cleaned to keep them in proper condition, and just like people, poor pet dental care can lead to more serious problems with their overall health, especially for senior pets.

Another important step you can take to keep your senior pet healthy is to keep them active as they age. Regular physical exercise is important for sustaining a healthy body weight and keeping joints functioning. Senior dogs enjoy outside walks just as much as younger pups do, but you can also look into swimming as a therapeutic form of exercise for arthritic and aging pets. If time is keeping you from keeping your dog active, you may also want to think about using a dog walker to help exercise your senior pet. Look around for a dog walker that is willing to go at your older pet’s pace, and who may be willing to dispense medications needed to keep your senior pup from feeling pain after exercise.

You know your senior pet is special. So give your older pet the care, comfort, and love that will keep them healthy and happy for years to come.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

The Most Splendid Beasts of 2018

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We had another amazing year here at Splendid Beast! Our thanks and appreciation go out to everyone who ordered a pet painting from us.

We’ve once again picked out a selection of our favorites from throughout the year. It’s a pretty large selection since we’ve had so many incredible cat and dog (and more!) paintings come through this year!

Please enjoy, and have a happy new year!

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Here’s a selection of some of our favorite framed paintings..

  

We’ve also made some really huge paintings!

Click here to visit our online shop and see many more templates to choose from:

6 Essential Tips to Extend Your Pet’s Life

Every pet owner wants their pet to live a healthy and long life, perhaps even as long as theirs. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend many happy years with their beloved pet?

 

Below you’ll find some helpful tips that can potentially help you to enjoy the company of your pet for as long as possible.

 

1. Ensure a high-quality diet

Animal companions who are fed with high-quality pet food have healthy skin, shiny coats, and bright eyes. Moreover, nutritious food boosts your pet’s immune system to help fight off any diseases. As long as your pet eats well-balanced meals in proper proportions, you can ensure that he or she will get all the essential nutrients required for good health.

 

If you feel that your pet’s diet needs an upgrade, talk to your vet to get recommendations that fit your pet’s needs.

 

2. Visit the vet regularly

All pets need regular veterinary care to maintain health and to spot any health concerns early on. Being able to see their animal patients often allows vets to monitor a pet’s health and give appropriate advice to maintain their health and wellbeing.

 

Also, in case something ails your pet, getting an early diagnosis of your pet’s condition can significantly increase the chances of a successful treatment.

 

  • Keep up-to-date on important vaccinations – This is beneficial in warding off diseases like distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, rabies, and many others. Also, make sure your pet is taking preventative medicine to ward off ticks, fleas, and worms.
  • Spay or neuter – Early spaying or neutering will set your pet up for a lifetime of great health. Spaying or neutering doesn’t only prevent unplanned litters but also eliminates the risks of cancer and common ailments such as urinary tract infection. It’s a cost-effective method to avoid serious health problems in the future.

 

3. Keep your pet in shape

In addition to giving your beloved animal companion a high-quality diet, regular exercise is also crucial to your pet’s fitness and lifelong health. On a daily basis, set aside time to help your pet get moving. You can go on a brisk walk around your neighborhood or jog around the backyard.

 

You can also give your pet a fun toy he or she can play with for hours on end — something to keep him or her preoccupied and active.

 

The aim of regular exercise is to let your pet burn off excess calories to maintain a healthy weight. Just like people, pets that are overweight are at a higher risk for many health conditions. In fact, obesity can shorten a pet’s lifespan because it puts the animal at risk for heart disease, joint disorders and diabetes.

 

4. Stimulate your pet’s mind

Like humans, animals flourish with mental stimulation. A bored pet can become anxious, depressed, and even ill. Extend your furry friend’s life by keeping his or her mind active with socialization, training, games, and one-on-one attention.

 

It’s not too late to teach your adult pet some new tricks. If you have a dog, you can sign him or her up for obedience lessons, or let him or her try an agility sport. Your pet will thrive with the added stimulation and, at the same time, your bond will improve as you learn things together.

 

5. Maintain a clean mouth

Dental disease is a common problem among dogs and cats. It causes pain and makes it difficult for them to eat. If you leave it untreated, this oral health issue may lead to kidney and heart disease. The most effective way to care for your pet’s mouth besides regular dental checkups is to brush his or her teeth at home.

 

Not all pets are huge fans of toothbrushes, though. You can make use of other alternatives such as dental treats, diets, and toys. Ask your vet about oral hygiene recommendations for your type of pet.

 

6. Supervise your pet

Never allow your pet to roam around unsupervised.

 

You may think you’re doing your furry friend a favor by letting him run free, but you’re actually making him or her susceptible to many dangers. This may also make your neighbors angry if your pet digs up their flower garden or poops in their lawn.

 

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Enjoy the time you have with your pet

The sad fact remains that most people will outlive their pets. But with love, conscientious care, and regular vet attention – you may be able to give your pet some extra years, and more happy times for you as well.

 

If you’re looking for a way to memorialize your pet, you might consider commissioning a pet portrait.

 

When things get busy at home, you might choose a good professional cleaning company to help you with the chores. This way, you can have more time to spend with your beloved pet and the people you love. Having a clean home will also help protect your family and your pet from microbes that thrive in less hygienic surroundings.

 

Be sure to savor every minute, and make the most of the time you have with your animal companion.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.

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Splendid Owners and their Splendid Beasts

We absolutely love to receive pictures of our Splendid customers with their Splendid Beast(s) next to their Splendid Beast paintings! Here are a few of our favorites that recent customers shared with us!

Special thanks to Max for sharing our featured photo with us and enduring an especially long design phase! It’s no small feat fitting that many Victorian kitties playing poker together at the same table!

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Geoffrey the Airedale is looking nice and dapper in his Professor suit and monocle. Our thanks go out to Beth!

huge dog painting

A fine huge custom painting example of life imitating art..or is it art imitating life? Dog for scale. Yes, we really do paintings this big..and bigger!

 

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Of course, we cannot forget our Splendid patriots, taking after General Washington.

splendid beast pirate

Sailor here definitely makes a convincing Pirate! Just be glad he’s only after your catnip.

Have you bought or received a Splendid Beast painting before? Send us pictures of yourself and your Beast with it!

You could be featured here in our blog or perhaps in a super secret future section of the website..

Musical Pet Paintings

Musical pet paintings are definitely a rare breed..but sometimes, they can contain the best settings for immortalizing your pet into a fantastic custom painting. These are a couple of our favorite examples across four different musicals.

Here we go again!

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You can commission a painting of your own musically gifted Beast as well through our custom order page.

Creating a Stress-Free Work Environment

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We’re big believers here at Splendid Beast that work should be enjoyable and stress-free.

Obviously, that’s easy to say when your business is creating custom pet portraits.

Even so, we think a lot of the values we hold and the practices we use could work perfectly well in other workplaces, too, if managers and owners would give them the chance.

Here’s what we recommend.

Let people set their own schedules

Your employees have other things going on in their lives besides working for you, right?

Well, when you let them prioritize their lives in a way that matches with their actual priorities, guess what, they become loyal to you.

When you need to cram for the holiday rush of dog portraits and cat paintings, they’ll be there for you. They’ll remember all the times you were flexible in letting them take trips or mornings off.

What about all the work that needs doing?

You need to communicate with your team when it needs to be done by and make sure to plan accordingly so you meet your deadlines. Better yet, when an employee needs some flexibility and you have a looming deadline, ask them how they can take the time off they need and still get their work done on time. Then hold them to that new plan.

Need to meet at specific times that work for everyone? That’s to be expected. But shoot to keep meetings to a minimum. There are other ways to coordinate now, like Slack, email, and shared documents in the cloud.

Set (and Practice) Reasonable Communication Turnaround Times

Most of us receive email on our smartphones and have near-constant access to the internet now.

Does that mean we should immediately respond to every question people throw at us? No!

In fact, every time you switch tasks you lose productivity.

We’re big believers in Deep Work, which is the focused time we spend on difficult tasks in which we’re the most productive. That means turning email notifications off, and batching communication time to just two to three time slots per day.

That’s right. Most of the time people don’t need answers in under 24 hours, so we stick to that expectation. It has very rarely steered us wrong, and saved us a ton of task switching time.

Schedule your email time for yourself, and stick to it. Communicate to others (maybe in your signature) about how you work, and don’t be embarrassed to tell them you’re doing it so you can better serve them.

Need answers faster sometimes? Then call the person. Or text them. Or have some other means of quick communication when needed.

Note that this 24-hour turnaround time goes for communication with customers, too. Many people in business are nervous to leave customers hanging too long for fear that they’ll lose the business. But that rarely happens in most industries.

In general, people aren’t sitting around and waiting for email responses; they usually move on to something else while they wait.

Never work when sick and don’t let others do it either

It’s very strange to us how, by default, people in the U.S. seem to work while they are sick. This never made sense to us. When you’re sick, your body needs to rest to feel better. And it needs to feel better to be productive at work.

Oh, and there are these things call germs. You spread them when you come into the office sick and endanger the productivity and health of everyone else.

So. Just. Stop.

Go home.

You can always find a way to shuffle around the work when someone is out for an extended period. You should have backups for each role in your business anyway in case people leave or can’t work do to emergencies.

Building in redundancies is part of your job as a business owner or manager. So flex your flexibility muscle when illnesses present the opportunity.

Let people work remote

This is admittedly a controversial one, but for reasons we don’t totally understand.

The topic has been treated best in the book Remote: Office Not Required.

Here’s the gist: you need your team to complete their work and communicate clearly. It’s now the 21st century, so you no longer need to be in the same physical space to do those things any more.

Seriously.

You don’t actually need to care about the hours people are putting in, you just need the work done.

And how will you know the work is getting done? You will check it.

Yep. That’s it.

(We use Trello for our internal project management, but there are many great tools for this.)

Need to communicate face-to-face? Use Zoom or another video meeting tool.

Don’t trust your employees to enter their hours honestly? Then you have bigger issues. Businesses are built on trust.

 

The benefits of a stress-free work environment

These are pretty straightforward: your place of work with be more enjoyable for you and your team.

Moreover, your team will speak well of your company and really dig in during the inevitable busy times with little complaint.

You’ll have given them what other work places didn’t, a stress-free way to earn a living, so you’ll have their loyalty, respect and appreciation.

 

 

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