Getting older is not a topic I like to dwell on, but denial or not it’s happening. When it comes to our dogs it’s particularly important to be aware of the signs of aging, as well as any changes in behaviour, no matter how slight they may be.
Many people attribute changes in behaviour and physical abilities to getting older and they leave it at that. While sometimes the explanation is as simple as that, other times it’s a sign of a problem and should not be ignored. I always urge pet parents to take their animal to the vet when they see or feel something isn’t quite right. Seniors in particular can go downhill quite quickly, so the sooner a problem is attended to, the better the outcome is likely to be.
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 are we listening?
Have you noticed any these signs?
- Confusion or disorientation
- Greying around the face and muzzle
- 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 will 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.
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