It’s an unfortunate reality that our dogs age much more rapidly than we do. While it may still feel like you brought your pup home yesterday, the reality is they might already be nearing senior status.
When exactly your dog hits senior status will differ based on the breed. Some of the smallest dogs may take up to 10 years before they start taking on the traits of a senior dog, while the largest can get there in as little as five years. Regardless of when it happens, here are some of the changes you’ll begin to notice in your pet:
As your dog ages, he or she will slowly become less active and will lose some mobility as well. They’ll prefer shorter walks and won’t be as nimble as they once were. This change should come gradually over a few years. If you notice it happening rapidly to the point where they aren’t able to do simple things such as climb stairs, there may be a more serious issue requiring veterinary attention.
One of the most common signs of aging in a dog is the greying and thinning out of fur. Since your dog will likely become less active in this time, you’ll also start to notice some weight gain. You can counteract this with a change in diet.
Like any animal, dogs have more health issues as they age. Their hearing and vision will worsen, which will make them less aware of their surroundings. The immune system will weaken and they will become more susceptible to all kinds of diseases. Additionally, they may face dental issues such as periodontal disease, making it more difficult for them to chew food.
You may start to notice that your dog is no longer interested in engaging in the activities he or she has enjoyed through much of life. The animal may also become more easily irritable and confused. It may be best to begin to engage in more relaxed activities with them.
Unfortunately, owners sometimes are no longer capable of taking care of dogs when they begin to show their age. That can be due to many reasons, but if there’s not another loving home that can be trusted to take the dog in, the solution is same: a dog retirement home.
If you need either long-term care or a retirement home for your dog in Upstate New York, Silver Streak Kennels is the perfect place for your pet. Your dog will receive close attention and whatever veterinary care is necessary. They’ll be free to roam in our 150 acres of green pastures. Give us a call at 607-263-2007 to learn more about our services today.