Top Five Health Concerns as Your Dog Ages

German Shepherd Aging

Did you know that dogs are considered to be a senior between 7 to 10 years of age?

Dog’s age five to seven times faster than people do so health-related changes can occur quickly.

Because pets can be very good at hiding signs of illness, they may seem to become ill suddenly when they can no longer hide their symptoms.

The good news is that you can significantly improve your senior pet’s quality of life and longevity by watching for signs of age-related health problems.

The following five age-related problems are health concerns to watch for as your pet ages.

  1. Arthritis – Stiffness, limping, or trouble getting up, laying down, walking, climbing stairs, or jumping.
  2. Kidney Disease – Weight loss, tiredness, vomiting, loss of appetite, frequent drinking and urinating.
  3. Diabetes – Weight loss, vomiting, frequent drinking and urinating, urinary “accidents,” tiredness.
  4. Dental Problems – Bad breath, red or bleeding gums, plaque on the teeth, eating slowly.
  5. Behavioral Problems – Uncharacteristic aggression, vocalization, disorientation.

If your pet shows any of the above signs, you should schedule an appointment with your trusted veterinarian.

Even if your senior pet seems to be healthy, you should consider a senior wellness exam schedule.

Most vets recommend a complete physical examination every 6 months along with routine testing once a year to help detect diseases and conditions early when they are easier to treat.

Work together with your veterinarian to keep your four-legged friend’s golden years happy and healthy!

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