Introduction to “Geriatric Dog”

Nancy McDonald, RN, BSN

These three articles were written by Bichon breeder and breed authority, Anne Jones, RN, BSNE. An organizer and one of the original members of the Bichon Frise Club of America’s Health Committee, Anne was intensely interested in the health of the Bichon Frise and the future health of the Bichon Frise. Anne never tired of talking with and mentoring those interested in the breed. In the “Geriatric Dog”, Anne writes as if she is sitting next to you. Please, enjoy her knowledge and wisdom.

In reviewing these articles that were written several years earlier, I find the information Anne gives you is still valid and wise except for one her advice to neuter a Bichon Frise   (one that will not be bred) as early as possible. Medical research is indicating in the early life of a puppy, sex hormones play an important part in structural development. For more information, read “The Spay/Neuter Decision” under the “Breeding” heading on this website.

In helping you deal with an aging dog, Alice Villalobos, DVM, FNAP developed a “Quality of Life Scale” that can be found on the website of Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement,

Old Dogs, Old Friends; by Bonnie Wilcox, DVM and Chris Walkowicz, Howell Book House, copyright 1991.