National Senior Pet Health Month (with Giveaway!)

September is National Senior Pet Health Month! But when you have a senior dog that is considered part of your family, every day is about your dog’s health. As we all know, stress affects our lives and our health, and that works cross-species as well.

It is not unusual for a middle-aged or senior dog to develop new anxiety behaviors that were never present in their earlier years. When my dog Byron was alive, he was the most mellow dog on the planet, until he turned eight years old and developed a very specific sound sensitivity. He suddenly started panicking when he heard the sound of the wind hitting the windows.

Sanchez, my nine year old Yellow Lab, just recently started developing a new anxiety behavior. When he is just finished with his evening meal, he starts to panic and resource-guards his food container, and growls and barks at Gina. I never would have imagined when he was younger that he could have developed this behavior issue.

Through a Dog’s Ear music is psychoacoustically designed to support you and your dog’s compromised immune or nervous system function. When the immune or nervous system is heavily taxed, as it so often is in senior dogs, a natural reaction is to self-limit the amount of auditory or visual stimulation coming into the system. That is why senior dogs will often shut down in overstimulating sound environments. The nutrients of sound are needed the most when life energy is at a low ebb or when neuro-developmental (including sensory) issues are present.

To facilitate maximum sound intake while conserving energy output, the method of “simple sounds”ť was created in the Calm your Canine music series. Our newest release, Music to Comfort your Elderly Canine, adds highly specific frequency modulation, defined as the alteration of sound. Most higher frequencies of the pre-arranged classical piano music are removed, while the middle and lower frequencies are boosted. Essentially, by reducing or boosting the dosage of specific nutrients of sound, we’ve made assimilation easier for a stressed or weakened elder canine.


WIN THE CD! Enter a comment below and you will automatically be entered to win a copy of Music to Comfort your Elderly Canine, the new release by Through a Dog’s Ear. All compositions are performed by pianist Lisa Spector and produced by sound researcher Joshua Leeds. Winner will be announced on September 25 (winner will be notified via Care2 profile). Good luck!





Maura P.

Winner: Please email Molly at to claim your new CD. Thanks to everyone who entered!


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Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez5 years ago

When dogs grow up with a family, then there is a true relationship and commitment involved. Glad to know there's a month to bring to light senior pets.

Donna Balez
Donna Balez5 years ago

I have a nine year old Shih tzu (Bailey) and a fourteen year old Persian/Angora cat (Chelsea). My pets are my family, they have both saved my life. I always adopt and donate to my local humane society. How can you tell if your pets have any allergies? Bailey constantly licks his front paws. Boredom, perhaps? (I am partially disabled, so I can't get him out for a lot of walks, I therefore feel extremely guilty, that I am letting him down) Does he have anything that I should be worried about? Thank you so much for all of the information on different issues that you provide. They are all very helpful and deeply appreciated...
sincerely, Donna

Karen J.
Karen Jamison5 years ago

thank you so much for your insights. I just adopted a senior dog from a pound, and this is very helpful. It lets me see some of his behaviors with "new ears."

Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

This CD would be helpful to my Sheltie who barks at all loud noises..thunder, motorcycles, lawn mowers. Tried the thunder coat, didn't work. Vet suggested anxiety meds, but I don't want a drugged dog ."Music soothes the savage breast." thanks

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :) could see this being useful for my jack russell :)

Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

They need and deserve our concern which is just like our granny

Cy Neu
Cy Neu5 years ago

My elderly dog has gotten much more upset by heavy rain nowadays. It used to just be thunder storms, but rain is starting to bother him as well. I do use natural sedatives on him and it does help some.

Kara C.
Kara C5 years ago

Put your oldies on glucosamine! I cannot reccommend it enough and it is never too late to start, I adopted my doggie at 11 years old and she was a little stiff and had some troubles, two years later with daily glucosamine in her dinner she has very few problems and is so much more active.

Its a safe medication, you can get vegetarian versions and it is fairly cheap as you can give them the human version because it's the same as the dog stuff but cheaper and higher quality.
I don't intend to advertise and have no loyalty to any brands just it can turn an old dogs life around if they have joint problems.

Isabel Araujo
Isabel Araujo5 years ago

Thank you for sharing. *_*

Angi B.
Angi B5 years ago

would love to win this for my Wally!