Discover How Dogs Get Older - A fascinating truth

Amanda Jones has dedicated a significant 20 years of her life observing fascinating dogs lives and how they age. We have all had that feeling that our once young, full of energy, restless dog has become a fully-grown dog overnight! However, some dogs barely display any significant changes in maturity, others show eye catching changes that really makes us wonder about dogs. Now discover how dogs get old as the following photos will display the different physical changes dogs have developed through their lifetime.

Cooper 2 - 11 yrs

Briscoe 1 - 10 yrs

Poppy 1 - 7 yrs

Fred 2 - 10 yrs

Cooper 3 - 10 yrs

Physical Signs of Aging Dogs

Furthermore, there are also behavior changes in older dogs. Now don’t get sad, everybody becomes old throughout time, including your precious dog. If you a dog that has reached a senior age, or if you worry that your dog is becoming a senior a little too early; here are some physical signs that you can identify if your dog is aging.

  • Cloudy eyes or difficulty seeing: Eye cloudiness (nuclear sclerosis) can happen so gradually that you might not notice it right away. While it’s a fairly common occurrence in senior dogs and doesn’t affect vision, it may also be a sign of cataracts or other eye diseases, most of which are easily treatable. Your dog may also start bumping into things or have trouble locating a toy on the floor or other familiar objects. This could signal vision loss.
  • Horrible breath: While doggie breath isn’t uncommon at any age, if your dog seems to suddenly have awful breath, it could indicate gum disease, tooth decay, or infection. The immune system weakens as dogs age and they are not able to fight off infections as easily as they did when they were younger. Along with a good dental cleaning, your vet may decide to do blood work to rule out infection.
  • Slowing down or difficulty getting around:  An older dog may have trouble with stairs, jumping into the car, or just getting up after a nap. You might notice weakness in her back legs. While we all slow down as we age, your dog’s mobility issues could be caused by arthritis or another degenerative disease. Along with any medication or supplements your vet recommends, you will have to adjust your dog’s exercise regimen to slower and shorter walks or a new exercise routine. 
  • New lumps and bumps: Some dogs are prone to harmless fatty lipomas, but these lumps under the skin are more common as dogs age. However, any new lump should be checked by a veterinarian to rule out a malignant tumor.
  • A change in weight: It’s not surprising that older, less active dogs sometimes gain weight and you may have to adjust your dog’s diet and exercise to maintain a healthy weight. However, you should also pay attention if your senior dog loses weight. This could be the result of reduced muscle mass, which is common in older dogs, or it might be caused by reduced appetite, poor absorption of nutrients, or a digestive illness. If your dog loses more than 10 percent of her body weight in a few months, or even in a year, consult your vet.
  • Incontinence or difficulty “going:” If your dog suddenly seems to forget his housetraining or seems to strain when urinating, these could be signs of a urinary tract infection or kidney disease.  However, incontinence is not unusual in elderly dogs and there are medications that can help.

Behavioral and Mental Signs of Aging Dogs

If you can’t identify any physical changes, however still have a feeling that your dog is a senior. Here are some behavior and mental signs that you can identify.

  • Fear of familiar people or objects.
  • Changes in the sleeping-waking cycle, including restlessness or pacing at night.
  • Increased barking and vocalization.
  • Repetitive or compulsive behaviors.
  • Forgetting commands and cues that she once knew.
  • House soiling.
  • Increased anxiety.
  • Confusion and disorientation.
  • Marked change in activity level.

 

If you worried sick if your dog might die soon, due to how it is aging. Just constantly check with your local vet to reassure you and your precious dog.

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