When dogs start to enter maturity, there are certain healths risks to which they may become susceptible to health problems.
Older Dogs and Health Issues
- Changes vary in different breeds, as oftentimes some breeds have the propensity to develop difficulties in the heart than in other breeds.
- Metabolism changes when dogs age. Thus, their calorie requirements are not as high as before, because of their decreasing energy needs.
- Gray hairs can appear on the dog’s muzzle and the sheen on the haircoat may become dull or lifeless.
- Skin becomes dry and more prone to infections or injuries.
- Dogs can experience thickened foot pads and brittle nails when they mature.
- Arthritis can also manifest among old dogs as it does in elderly people.
- Gum diseases will pose more risks for the dog.
Helping Older Dogs Lead Healthy Lives
- Groom the dog more often in order to keep its coat smooth and clean.
- Special diets for aging dogs can provide their nutritional needs and supply the essential vitamins they require.
- Regular visits to the doctor can provide the dog maintenance checkups that can detect possible health conditions relating to the dog’s physical health.
- Consult with the doctor about the type of changes to expect from an aging dog. Through discussion, dog owners can come to the aid of their dogs at a time when additional care and handling are needed.
- Spend more time with the dog to reassure its comfort and security