Dogs age at a rapid pace and before you know it your best friend might be considered a senior dog. As your dog ages from adult to senior you may notice some changes and special requirements that need to be met. Knowing what to expect can better prepare dog owners to deal with their new senior pet.
When is my dog considered a senior?
For most dogs around 7-years-old is when they are considered senior. This number may be higher for small breed dogs and slightly lower for large breed dogs. For information on better estimation of your pet's age in comparison to human years, please read Dogs and People - What is the Age Comparison?
What changes can I expect as my dog becomes a senior?
- Increase thirst or urination
- bad breath
- difficulty climbing stairs or jumping up and/or increased stiffness or limping
- excessive panting or barking
- confusion or disorientation
- changes in skin and hair coat
If you notice any of these symptoms you should have your senior dog checked out by your veterinarian.
How can I keep my senior dog happy and healthy?
There are several changes you can make to your pets routine lifestyle to maintain health for your senior dog.
Keeping your senior dog happy and healthy may require some special attention, but utilizing some of the simple steps above can help your senior dog easily maintain a wonderful senior lifestyle and make the transition from adult to senior a little easier.