How to keep a track of your dog’s aging
Owning a pet can be the best thing for you. In fact, a pet is more faithful and loyal than a human being. It will accompany you at any point in life. It won't betray you, ever.
Like human beings, pets also grow old and start aging. There are ways you can help your pet live longer, keeping in mind the health issues and the remedies to it.
Here are a few signs of aging for your pet that you must watch out for
1. Eye problems
Your dog can face vision problems with the decline in age. Common vision problems include cataract, conjunctivitis, vision loss, dry eye syndrome, nuclear sclerosis, and glaucoma. The symptoms of aging include cloudy eyes, red eyes, erratic blinking, bumping into things and excessive tear formation.
You can test your dog's vision by misplacing the position of the furniture in your house, or better, misplacing the dog bowl. If your dog is bumping into things, or can't find them, it's safer to get their eyes checked.
2. Change in urination
With age, your dog develops urination infections, also known as Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), and other kidney diseases. Female dogs leak urine when they are relaxed. This is a sign that they are aging.
The symptoms of urinary infections are
- Howling or whining when urinating
- Hard to urinate
- Urinating more often
- Urinating in the house even when housebroken
- Bloody or cloudy urine
3. Gum diseases
Your dog will start facing gum problems while he is aging. If he is not being taken care of, or his gum health is ignored, it may lead to gum diseases. Brush your dog's teeth daily to maintain gum and oral health. Symptoms of gum diseases are bleeding gums, bad breath, excessive drooling, red and inflamed gums, loss of teeth, etc.
4. Skin and fur problems
Older dogs are vulnerable to skin rashes and diseases because their skin has started degenerating. Older dogs are more prone to diabetes and cancer than younger ones. You should visit a vet if you notice changes in their fur and skin. The symptoms of skin and fur problems include lumps and bumps on the skin, red and flaky skin, swelling, clumps of fur being withered off, patches on the skin, and excessive licking or scratching of the skin.
5. Change in weight
Thyroid disease, Cushing's disease, diabetes, stress, and medication can all contribute to older dogs becoming overweight or obese which can bring on a whole new set of health problems. Dehydration, cancer, diabetes, and liver disease can cause your dog to be underweight and become weak and sick from malnutrition. If you start seeing a drastic change in your dog's weight and eating behaviors, you need to see a vet.
Symptoms of weight change include increased or decreased appetite, grass consumption, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of energy, bleeding, limping, hair loss, pot belly, and loss of strength in the muscles.
6. Motor movements
Age also affects the dog's ability to move. The pet becomes lazier and is not able to do his daily activities efficiently. See a vet for such signs, as they may lead to arthritis, hip dysplasia, or any other painful illness which is causing them to remain motionless.
Symptoms of this include long hours of sleep, less excitement to go on long walks, grunting when they get up or lie down, taking a longer time to get up or sit down, and choosing to sleep rather than eat.
7. Memory problems
As your dog starts aging, he'll face difficulty in memorizing and retaining stuff. Dog dementia can cause your dog to become aggressive and forgetful.
Symptoms of dog dementia are
- Shift in dominance in the house of dogs
- Guarding food or toys
- Getting startled easily
- Less response
- Remains confused most of the time
8. Grey hair
This isn't a sign of illness, but a sign of aging for your dog. The most common place for it to start to sprout is on the chin and the eyebrows. So keep an eye out for those grey whiskers so you know when to start paying close attention for health issues.
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