Signs Of Aging To Watch For In An Elderly Dog



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Are you wondering what to expect as your dog becomes a senior?

As dogs get older, they begin to slow down a bit and they don’t move around quite like they did in their younger years.  Your dog probably won’t seem as spry and chipper as he used to.

At the same time, an aging dog’s working parts get a little rusty and they simply don’t function the same as they did before.

Large breed dogs are considered a senior at 6 or 7 years of age, whereas small breeds aren’t considered a senior until their teen years.  Source

Here’s a dog age calculator to determine how old your dog really is.

Generally speaking, senior dogs need to be cared for differently.

If your adult dog is approaching his senior years, you will start to notice these signs…

Signs Of Aging In Elderly Dogs

Some typical signs of dog aging to watch for:

50% of dogs over the age of 10 are going to die of cancer. That’s from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). Other common problems are renal and kidney disease, heart failure, diabetes. Look for increased or decreased thirst. Changes in their bathroom habits. A lot of time you’ll see pain of movement, or lack of movement.  Source

TIP: If  your elderly dog has an accident don’t get mad at him.  Just start taking him out more often.

Here are some elderly dog care tips & things you should do early — before your dog gets too old.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XeF773CxjI

Here’s how to monitor your elderly dog for signs of disease.

https://youtu.be/cnKI0XtFe0k

 

Lynnette

I like to help Dog Parents find unique ways to do things that will save time & money -- so I write about "outside the box" Dog Tips and Dog Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I’m a lifelong dog owner -- currently have 2 mixed breed Golden Aussies that we found abandoned on the side of the road as puppies. I've always trained my own dogs and help friends train theirs, as well. Professionally, I worked at a vet and have several friends who are veterinarians -- whom I consult with regularly. (And just because I love animals so much, I also worked at a Zoo for awhile!) I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started... and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). My daily motivation is to help first-time dog owners be better prepared from the first day your new puppy enters your home. I like to help dog owners understand what's 'normal' and what you can expect in terms of living with and training your dog -- how to get through the ups & downs of potty training, chewing, teaching commands, getting your dog to listen, and everything else that takes place during that hectic first year! When I'm not training, walking, grooming, or making homemade treats for my dogs, you will find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I've written over 600 articles for dog owners on this site! Many of them have upwards of 200K shares.

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