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We had to put down my dog Frisket about two years ago, when he was 12 years old. He suffered from severe allergies and was on a few different medications, and he was miserable. It broke my heart. We bought a puppy to bring him some companionship, but their personalities clashed and I think (for the first year, at least) the new puppy brought more distress than comfort.

That puppy is now four years old, so she's still got a long life left - but it's never too early to consider how to care for her as she ages. Does anyone have any tips on how best to care for an aging dog? I don't ever want to see any dog of mine as miserable as poor Frisket was in his last days.

Laura Hogg asked this
July 13, 2011 at 3:44 PM

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That is sad about the puppy not helping Frisket. We had a black lab growing up that was about 14 when she really started to feel the hip dysplasia and old age. We got her a white lab to play with and she ended up living another 4 years as a healthy older dog. It was really quite amazing to watch them play together after seeing how she was aging before. It may just be the lab that allowed them to bond so quickly, both were extremely gentle and loving dogs.

E.M. Wollof from SLN answered
September 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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