Aging dogs tend to develop specific health concerns that significantly affect and even impair their quality of life. Here are the main issues you’ll want to address early to make sure your dog is comfortable, sharp and happy.
If your dog growing older, there are numerous age-related issues that could become serious and debilitating if left unmanaged. Here are the most significant health problems you should discuss with your vet if your pooch is either in or near their golden years.
- Joint degeneration. Some breeds are more susceptible to joint issues even while they’re relatively young. If you notice that your dog isn’t as eager to jump or climb stairs, they might be experiencing diminished joint function. Talk to your vet about possible strategies that may allow you to slow or even reverse joint deterioration.
- Gum disease Periodontal disease can lead to major health issues – not to mention tooth loss, pain and difficulty eating – if left unaddressed. Make sure to schedule dental cleanings for your dog to reduce their risk of developing dental problems.
- Kidney failure. If your dog seems to have difficulty urinating or is experiencing excessive thirst, those could be signs of kidney problems that need medical intervention ASAP. While there is no cure for kidney failure, it can be successfully treated with certain medications and a healthy condition-specific diet.
- Heart disease. When it comes to heart disease, managing your dog’s diet is one of the most effective preventative measures. Highly nutritious dog food will help forestall heart problems in your pup if you adopt a consistent feeding schedule. No matter whether you choose Pedigree, IAMS or Zignature, DCM is something that, with a dedicated plan and a vet’s guidance, can be reversed.
While dog lifespans are markedly shorter than human lifespans, it is possible to prolong your dog’s days for years – sometimes more than a decade. Always consult with your vet to learn the most effective solution for keeping your dog healthy and happy at any age.
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