As your dog grows older, the beloved doggo may face many problems. This will be a challenge for a lot of pet keepers because beloved dogs facing problems is always a sad part of life. It doesn’t need to be because there are many ways to help your dog leading a happy life.
Chances of a senior dog having vision and hearing difficulties is also higher compared to when a doggy is young.
- Dogs become seniors when they are about 8 years of age. They are more prone to health concerns as well. As dogs move into later stages their chances for Arthritis rise and this can be painful.
- This can cause your dog to have stiffer muscles, slowing them down, leading to less play time. Arthritis can lead to your beloved doggo gaining unwanted extra weight.
Signs that your dog is having difficulty
- Your senior dog bud has become isolated and moves less than usual? Maybe s/he behaves confused when moving around the place. It may happen so that s/he howls a lot and bangs into things. These are signs that your doggo is having vision or hearing problems.
- S/he may even stop responding to calls as they usually do and sleep much deeper than earlier.
- Your senior dog can easily develop a new way of moving around and navigating, though s/he will require some extra care, attention and patience.
- The easiest thing to help your dog in moving around your place is to not change anything at all. When your doggo is adapted to the furniture around the house, they would be more likely to navigate with ease.
Sad Reality – Increased Cancer Risk in Senior Dogs
- As a dog grows and moves into senior dog territory, their organs too, grow old. Heart and Kidneys are the most effected by old age, this may be caused by . This consequently increases risk of Cancer in the dog.
- Though Cancer is inevitable if it has to happen; nobody holds any power over it yet. As a senior dog owner, you can help your beloved doggo in more than one ways.
- The first way to help your dog and protect their organs is to upkeep their dental hygiene.
Signs your pet needs to see a Vet
- If your dog shows sedentary behaviour and is not involved in physical activities whatsoever, you may need to get your doggo evaluated by a Vet.
- The vet can help you and your senior dog in many ways, least of all by prescribing supplements or special foods to help increase activity.
- In case your pet is not responding to your calls and seems to be confused, this may be a sign of dementia/memory loss. This can be a painful time but you can always give your dog a happy life. Isn’t that all we really want to do, To see our dogs become fantastic seniors.