Snapped this pic of my very old little dog while he was enjoying hanging out at the local swimming hole called Baker’s Landing!
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November 12, 2021
Just as with humans, improved health care has meant an increased life span for dogs and cats. Along with aging come frequent minor health concerns. Follow these tips on caring for an older pet to head off serious problems.
Provide Your Pet With:
Regular checkups—at least once a year—from middle age on. For dogs, that's from around seven years of age, and earlier for the big breeds. Cats reach middle age between eight and ten years.
Plenty of water
Finally, keep aging pets close to home and by your side. If they are losing their hearing, you don't want them running out into traffic or other dangerous situations. Help children understand that aging pets may get cranky.
When should you bring an older pet to the vet?
If you notice any of these abnormalcies, it's time to consult with a professional.
A lump or bump
Shortness of breath
An appetite change
Drinking a lot of water
Scratching and digging at the skin
Your Dog Can Get Alzheimer's
Dogs can lose mental functioning as they age, much as humans do. While some loss is normal, other cognitive problems could be signs of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CD). The symptoms and behavioral changes of CD are caused by histolic lesions in the brain, very similar to the type found in people with Alzheimer's. CD strikes dogs that are age seven or older.
Common Symptoms of CD:
Lack of response to familiar verbal cues, such as their name or calls from usual family members
Loss of house-training skills
Medications for CD are available. As with Alzheimer's researchers are learning more about this syndrome every day.