Signs that our dog has grown older


The years pass for everyone even for our faithful friend which makes learning how to take care of an older dog necessary at a certain time. We observe a number of changes or symptoms that make us realize that our dog begins to enter advanced age should not be afraid, but some care to perceive the characteristics of these stage pathologist to come to our veterinarian confidence if they need it. It is important to recognize these diseases in time to remedy them or to mitigate as much as possible the discomfort that they cause our dog.


Less activity and agility

They’ll have less activity and agility as is logical no longer supported as before intense hikes or long walks, it costs more and takes longer to recover rest. This falls within the normal range as happens to us is no longer for both trot, that does not mean you should stop moving, the moderate exercise and adapted to the new situation, it is always beneficial to keep it healthy. They may also appear joint diseases, osteoarthritis, that make our dog has pain or discomfort in these areas thus weakening their ability to move enough and require medication in order to have a better quality of life.

Changes in the fur

Appreciate changes in fur no longer has much glitter in her hair, becomes rougher you can even change the color and gray hairs appear in the area of the nose and eyes. Your skin is dry and brittle including nails and pads. Warts or calluses may appear in certain areas of support we must take better care of your skin and hair administering fatty acids in your diet maintaining proper hygiene and regular brushing, to detect these changes. Our vet is who best can help us to care for our pet and give us clues to prevent or treat these disorders.

Dental problems

Dental problems will arise sometimes easily overlooked dental hygiene of our dog with what is important to care for the teeth of our pet. Regular cleaning of teeth tethers, mouthwashes, there are numerous aids to control tartar and gingivitis in our dog. However, over the years and dental hygiene in most cases ineffective make these ages have many pathologist in the mouth that cause halitosis due to gingivitis and tartar buildup this may be a trigger of other more serious diseases such as. We must take special care and control and even plan a surgical scrub with your veterinarian, who will be who assess the need for this procedure and help us keep our mouth healthy pet.

Decrease your sensitive capacity

A decrease in sensory capacity will produce hearing, sight and smell will cost more to detect things that were once so easy for him to get home and hear smell their favorite food or visualize certain things in the park. This is coupled with a cognitive impairment as their nervous system is also aging and reflexes are somewhat slower. We will help you adapt to this situation and we will provide the daily tasks now needs a bit of our help.

Urinary Incontinence

Another problem is that of urinary incontinence common in spayed female dogs are uncontrolled urine loss, we will go to our vet to assess the cause and give us the solution. In other cases simply cannot hold out that long urine and increased frequency of urination, which must be patient and think it is not the fault of our dog, he does it on purpose, perhaps increasing the number of outlets is sufficient.

Alteration of jealousy

If we have a dog and not bring themselves to sterilize it we must take special care in their cycles, it will normally start appearing irregularities in jealousy false pregnancy and even serious diseases such as infections matrix, cysts in the ovaries or breast tumors. Take one good control of his jealousy and review breasts regularly and before any change will go to our vet.



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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone