Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is often a difficult experience, and owners can now consider the issue of death in more detail through Jessica Pierce's book The Last Walk.
Reviewed by newscientist.com, the text explores tough questions about the pain animals feel and when it's the most appropriate time to put down a dog that is clearly suffering.
It also serves as a memoir to Pierce's own late canine, Ody, in a way that will resonate with many dog owners. As a bioethicist the author has a firm grasp on the scientific arguments surrounding animal suffering.
Owners caring for older canines must often consider a range of problems such as arthritis in dogs, diabetes and mobility restrictions.
Hills dog food offers a range of specialised varieties catering for different dog health issues and life stages, while diabetic dog food is also available. Senior dog food is also tailored to the nutritional requirements of older dogs, and may help improve your pet's quality of life in its final years.