Tip on Changes in Senior Dogs
What changes can I expect, as my dog becomes a senior?
- You may first notice changes in your dog's activity level. Similar to people, elderly dogs may not have the same amount of energy they once did.
- It is common to see weight changes in your senior dog. With the change in your senior dogs' activity level metabolic changes could result in weight gain or loss.
- Many diseases are more prevalent in senior dogs. These diseases include, but are not limited to: dental, heart and kidney disease; as well as diabetes, arthritis, cancer and cognitive function disorder. The following symptoms are common signs that your senior pet may be ill:
– Increase thirst or urination
– Bad breath
– Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping up and/or increased stiffness or limping
– Excessive panting or barking
– Confusion or disorientation
– Changes in skin and hair coat
If you notice any of these symptoms you should have your senior dog checked out by your veterinarian.
For more information on senior dogs – go to Commonly Asked Questions About Senior Dogs.