5 Signs That Your Dog Is Aging

by admin on May 13, 2013

GROOMING DOG BLOG PHOTOI love my dogs so much, and if you’re reading this blog, you’re like me.  We love our dogs probably more than we love most people.  However, there comes a time when we have to wrap our heads around the fact, that our dogs are aging.  This, is the hardness part about being an obsessive dog owner.  It’s a difficult fact we must deal with.

Every dog ages differently.   I work with dogs at Chasin Pets, and  I see them for days, weeks, months and years.  Sometimes, I see the aging process faster than their owners see them.

Today,  I want to give you a roadmap on aging and tell you the most common things that happen as our dogs get older.  I have 5 good points that will help you out, which I pulled down from Dr. Jon, at PetPlace.com.

1. Loss of hearing. As dogs age, the nerve cells and hearing apparatus degenerates, resulting in a slow loss of hearing.

2. Loss of vision. The lens of the eye becomes cloudy with age. Natural changes result in lenticular sclerosis, which typically does not cause significant vision loss. However, cataracts may develop, which do interfere with vision.

3. Decreased activity. As dogs age, their metabolic rate slows and as a result, they become less active.

4. Weight gain. Elderly dogs require 30 to 40 percent fewer calories. So simply eating a normal maintenance diet, often causes obesity.

5. Infections. As the body ages, the immune system weakens, making it harder for your dog to ward off infections.

One more important thing to consider is caring for your dog’s teeth.

Do you brush your dog’s teeth?

If not, after a few years of neglect, your dog may suffer from tooth decay, bleeding gums and tooth loss. To make matters worse, the bacteria that causes all these problems can travel through the bloodstream and eventually damage your dog’s major organs.

If brushing your dog’s teeth is not something you are already doing, you really must start, and do it  at least three times a week.

It’s simple to get your dog started on the road to better dental health (and fresher breath). Start by picking a good doggy toothbrush. For best results, do not use a human toothbrush, because your dog’s teeth are different from yours.

Thank you to www.PetPlace.com for the excellent information about aging.

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Until next time, Hugs and Licks!

 

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Loren Blumberg May 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

All great points as usual….keep the articles coming!

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admin May 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Thank you Loren. You’re such a kind supporter of my blog. You know it’s appreciated.

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