Senior Dog Health Problems
As your dog ages he will need more regular healthcare and may develop some minor health problems. When your dog reaches the age of 5 to 7, take him for twice-yearly veterinary check-ups so that health problems can be picked up early and treated appropriately.
Renal failure is indicated by insatiable thirst, copious urination, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss and halitosis. Immediate veterinary attention is necessary, but survival rates are slim.
Lack of Agility Injuries
Joint stiffening and general slowing down can result in torn ligaments, broken bones, knocks and sprains. Several gentle, slow, exercise sessions per day are better than one or two injury-inducing energetic ones.
Old dogs may not chew and digest food efficiently, which can lead to constipation, as can a lack of mobility. Choose an age-related diet that’s easier for oldies to cope with, and encourage more water intake and gentle exercise.
Degenerative Spinal Disease
This is indicated by the gradual loss of use of
the hind legs. Your vet will advise treatment, but there is no cure
and it gets worse with time.
Lumps and Bumps
These should be checked out by a vet. Cancer is the biggest killer of older dogs so the sooner it is picked up the better the chances of it being treated successfully, Feel over your dog daily to check for unexplained lumps on or under the skin’s surface.
Excessive panting, in an effort to draw in sufficient oxygen, can indicate a heart or lung problem.