The typical animal shelter is a stressful environment for any dog. It is particularly hard on seniors, who are generally less able to deal with stress and may experience more disorientation than a younger dog. In addition, contagious diseases, such as kennel cough, are often spread in shelters. Older dogs don't easily fend off disease. They also tend to be less optimistic than younger dogs and can go into a deep depression, which does not encourage prospective adopters to consider adopting them. With Senior dogs, they are at the top of the euthanasia list when they are taken into most shelters. When the shelter fills up, they are the first to be sent down to the euthanasia room. In offering a foster home to a senior dog, you are buying the time needed to find a forever home and avoid euthanasia.
Consider Fostering a Senior Boxer
Please consider opening your home
and your heart to a Senior.
There is a growing trend toward approaching the problems of the aging dog through "holistic" or "alternative" medicine. A holistic veterinarian uses all appropriate treatment modalities to keep your dog healthy. These may include nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage, as well as traditional medicines. The popularity of the holistic approach has been growing in recent years because it offers an adjunct to the standard or traditional treatments for canine health problems and provides some real choices for older dogs.
For more information on holistic medicine, see the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association website.
You may also wish to contact:
The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, Hillsdale, IL (309) 658-2920
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Nederland, CO (303) 258-3767
International Veterinary Acupuncturist Directory (303) 682-1167
An excellent book on acupuncture and Chinese medicine for animals: Four Paws, Five Directions, by Dr. Cheryl Schwartz.