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5 Things Your Senior Dog Would Like to Tell You

senior pit bull blogHave you ever noticed that older dogs often have the sweetest dispositions? Your senior pooch may be more full of love than ever, but chances are your canine best friend is also experiencing some challenges that come with age. If your senior dog could talk, he might tell you the following five things:

1. I get chilly more easily.

As dogs age, it gets harder for them to regulate their body temperature. You may need to invest in a sweater for cold weather walks and an extra plush bed for your canine companion to get a good night’s rest on.

2. My joints are sore.

Arthritis and joint pain is very common in older dogs, especially in larger breeds. You may notice your sweet pooch having a tougher time walking or jumping up on furniture. Speak with your dog’s vet about a joint supplement regimen and the possibility of prescription medication to control pain. You may also need to tone your daily walks down to shorter, slower strolls.

3. I may get a little confused and forget the rules sometimes.

Cognitive ability can decline during a dog’s golden years. It may become more difficult for your dog to navigate in an unfamiliar area or recognize people he’s met before. Accidents in the house may also occur. As an owner, it’s imperative to practice patience and know that your sweet pooch isn’t misbehaving on purpose. Something more serious than old age could be to blame, so be sure to discuss any behavior changes you notice with a veterinarian. If canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome is diagnosed, it can be addressed with medication.

4. I need a little extra grooming attention.

Even dogs that needed very little grooming in their younger years might require some extra TLC during their golden years. Older canines often experience dryer skin and a more course coat, which might be helped with a fatty acid supplement. Brittle nails are also common for senior pups, so you may need to schedule nail trimmings more frequently.

5. I can’t burn off calories like I used to.

Obesity is a major problem for aging canines, contributing to heart disease, arthritis, and other health issues. Your senior dog may have the same appetite as his younger days, but not the ability to burn off calories as easily. Speak to a veterinarian about switching to a senior dog food specially formulated to help keep the pounds off.

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  • don hughes March 10, 2015, 8:24 am

    Animals (mammals) are biological so they too experience the same symptoms of aging as do we humans. Surrendering a senior dog to a shelter should never be an option.

  • Valerie McPherson March 10, 2015, 10:44 pm

    My beloved Schipperke, Tug, was 17 years old when he was killed by a coyote in my backyard. According to the vet, Tug could have lived 2 more years. His brother, Shadow, age 6, was injured by the coyote and spent 2 weeks in urgent care. He is perfect now. The 3 year old, Oso, only had a scratch.

    Old dogs are precious. All my dogs have lived past age 15. Each one has a special place in my heart and I will always love them.

  • Vicki Tittle March 11, 2015, 11:40 am

    Whatever I need to go through for my senior dogs is a priviledge.

  • Midge D March 13, 2015, 2:30 pm

    I found that my senior dogs were more easily startled by sounds which didn’t phase them when they were younger. For example, on a breezy Autumn night’s walk, the loud rustle of the wind blown leaves in trees would startle my pooch. It seemed as if their hearing was super sensitive to louder noises to which they weren’t uncomfortable with in their younger days. And for achey arthritic bodies, egg-crate mattresses seem to be enjoyed. This goes for older cats, as well.

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