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.