As your dog ages, you may notice differences in their behavior and health. Noticing these changes can help you make their golden years more comfortable and happier.
Understanding your dog’s age is the first step to helping them live happy lives into their senior years.
Dogs tend to hide the pain, meaning it can be tricky to spot when older dogs are struggling. Any changes to your dog’s normal behavior or appetite could be signs they’re hurting, and a trip to the vet should be scheduled.
Older dogs are susceptible to many of the same ailments as humans, and cataracts (or blindness) is one of them. If your pup’s sight is deteriorating with age, you must create a senior dog-friendly home
Hearing is another age-related luxury that can fade as your dog ages. If you notice your dog isn’t listening to your commands, they might not be ignoring you; they might be going deaf.
Senior dogs may have difficulty regulating their own body temperature, making them more susceptible to extreme weather conditions. To help them, put them in warm coats for winter walks or any other time they’re outdoors.
Remember, your senior dog is still a puppy at heart and very much wants to please you. If they are suddenly soiling themselves, knocking over stuffs, or ignoring when you call, chances are they’re not being disobedient; they’re just getting older. Be patient and understanding with them.