I am pretty sure that getting older is not a topic we like to think about, I know I don’t, yet it is important to pay attention to signs of aging in dogs.
There is not much we can do about the natural progression of life, but understanding what is “normal” for your dog and what is not, may help you catch changes before they become full blown problems.
Is your dog trying to tell you something?
Our dogs don’t have to be able to talk to let us know things are changing, but we do have to pay attention.
Have you noticed any these signs?
- Confusion or disorientation
- Greying around the face and muzzle
- Ignoring you when called
- Startled when you approach
- Seems anxious
- Accidents in the house
- Frequent peeing or straining to pee
- Less responsive
- Sleeps more
- Bumping into things
- Spending more time on his favourite bed
- Change in eating habits
- Stiffness when walking
- Hard time getting up, or lying down
- Bad breath – could signal periodontal disease, or other illness
- Cloudy eyes
- Changes in skin or coat
- Lumps and bumps
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
If you have noticed some, or many, of these signs, don’t panic but do call your vet. At the very least it help alleviate your concerns, and hopefully catch a problem in the very early stages.
Signs of aging in dogs – conclusion
I know my dog Red very well. I know what’s normal for her and what isn’t, and because of that I have been able to catch many issues early enough, so they could be treated and resolved or managed.
Do not assume all the changes in your senior dog’s behaviour are “normal” for his or her age. I highly recommend you make an appointment with your vet if you notice any of these signs of aging in dogs.