Pay Attention to Their Skin and Coat Just like people, older dogs’ digestive systems are less efficient in digesting and absorbing nutrients from their meals, such as fats and other skin-essential nutrients, Your dogmay show gray hair, which most commonly occurs on their muzzle and around their eyes. They also develop dryer, coarser hair, and their coat may start to thin out. You may start to notice wrinkles on their skin and a brittle texture in their toenails.
Monitor for Hearing and Vision Changes Older dogs often experience a gradual loss of hearing, which you may notice if your dog stops responding to your commands, or takes longer to take note of what you’re saying. Many older dogs develop cataracts and other eye problems. Watch closely to see if your dog is bumping into things while he walks, and look into his eyes for signs of cloudiness.
What are signs of some age-related health problems in older dogs?
The best way to spot problems is to know what to look for. Pay attention to abnormal changes like disorientation, reduced social interaction, loss of house training, changes in the sleep-wake cycle, pacing, confusion, barking or crying at night, lack of appetite and sudden aggression. These can be signs of many problems, whether physical or cognitive.
Older Dogs are Loveable as Ever A dog is considered senior once he reaches the age of seven and 6 in large breed dogs, but most dogs may live well into their teens. With the proper nutrition and care, you can help your dog continue to live many more happy days with you and your family.