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How Do I Know When My Dog Is Getting to Be a “Senior”?

Most dogs are considered a senior pet when they reach the age range of seven to ten years.  Larger breeds can be considered seniors earlier than smaller breed dogs.  Many dogs can exhibit a graying of their fur as they age, but there are other signs of aging that you might not notice as much.

Some of the other subtle signs you might notice:

  • Their hearing might not be as acute as it once was
  • Thinning fur
  • It may take them longer to get up and going in the morning
  • Sleeping more than they used to
  • Tiring more quickly during activities

How Often Should My Older Dog See the Vet?

It is important that all dogs have an annual checkup or “wellness” visit with their vet.  This is even more important as they age, so talk to your vet about whether such visits should become more frequent.  Your vet may recommend that your healthy senior dog come in for a check-up every six months.

What Health Issues Are Common in Older Dogs?

There are many health issues more common to aging dogs, including:

  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Intestinal problems
  • Cancer
  • Testicular
  • Mammary
  • Reproductive issues
  • Prostate disease
  • Infected uterus
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Joint disease
  • Cognitive problems