Dogs age just like people do, but faster! As your pet ages, it is important for us to see your dog more often in order to detect diseases earlier, so we can help them to age gracefully and pain-free.
When does a dog become a senior?
There is no one age at which a dog is considered a senior. It differs between breeds, their overall health, and individual variation. For example, larger breed dogs tend to become senior earlier than small breeds.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Common senior dog health issues are dental disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, organ disease and cognitive dysfunction.
How should I care for my senior dog?
It is very important to bring your senior dog in for regular checkups and blood work, as that is the best way to detect the disease early in the process and to continue to prevent disease. In addition, feeding a healthy diet, regular exercise, mental stimulation, maintaining oral health and keeping your dog at a healthy body weight will help ease the transition into seniorhood. And as mobility declines, modifying their accommodations can make both you and your dog’s life much easier. Things, like adding ramps, providing comfier beds and good traction on floors, will go a long way when managing dogs with mobility issues.