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.

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