We all get older and when we do, issues related to age start to crop up. When our dog’s get older, we need to be sure we address these age-related issues.
When does a dog become a senior?
Dogs are considered senior when they have lived 80% of their expected lifespan. That depends on the size of the breed, small dogs become senior when they are around 8-years-old, large-giant breeds become senior at 6-years-old.
What are common senior dog health issues?
As dogs age, they become more prone to developing some health problems such as kidney disease, cataracts, diabetes, joint disease, heart disease, liver disease and other age-related conditions.
How should I care for my senior dog?
Senior dogs should be seen a veterinarian at least once a year and have blood profiles completed twice a year. Modified exercise may be needed to accommodate arthritis, but it is important to keep exercising so their muscles do not deteriorate