Senior Dogs Articles - PawNation

Senior Dogs .

7 Common Ailments in Senior Dogs

As your dog ages be aware of any changes in behavior and mood. These can be indications that something is physically wrong. Just like people, as dogs grow older their ability to fend off illnesses declines. Even the most loving and attentive owner can miss signs by assuming that deviations in the dog's sleep or eating habits are normal, merely due to age. It is far better to err on the side of caution and contact your veterinarian when you have any doubts. To help, here is a list of common health problems commonly seen in aging dogs. Credit: Flickr/HPUPhotogStudent 1. Arthritis Cartilage between joints acts as a buffer to protect the bones from damage. When that cartilage is damaged it...

A senior dog has different health requirements than a younger dog. Here are some tips to help you keep your senior pet healthy. Credit: Getty Creative 1. DON'T FORGET THE HEALTH CHECK-UPS Make sure your senior dog has regular visits with your veterinarian. In fact, many veterinarians recommend that senior dogs should be examined twice a year, even more so if the dog has serious health issues. A thorough physical examination by your veterinarian may reveal health issues that can impact your pet's life and comfort level, such as dental disease, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease and more. RELATED: Best Food for Pets With Cancer 2. NOTE ANY BEHAVIOR CHANGES IN YOUR DOG Watch your...

How Your Dog's Behavior Can Change With Age

Few people want to admit that their beloved puppy is approaching his twilight years. While it is possible for dogs to live into their 30s, like the Australian cattle dog Chilla who died at age 32, a more likely estimate of your canine’s life span ranges from almost 7 years to 13 ½. Here are some changes to expect as…

Too Old for Cancer Treatment?

I've just completed a particularly lengthy and emotionally charged new consult with a middle aged couple, and a soft silence fills the room. Ben, their beloved 13-year-old Golden retriever, was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and they are here to learn everything they can about his disease and what options are available for treatment. Overall he's feeling fairly well. However, subtle signs of disease have started to set in. He's showing a slight but perceptible reluctance to rise from bed in the morning. Meals are still being consumed, but at a less than usual frenetic pace. Ben's been panting more, and his owners noted two instances where he stopped abruptly during their routine...

Common Health Conditions in Senior Dogs

As with people, certain diseases become more likely as dogs age. Kidney disease, heart disease, cancer and diabetes are among the ones that are of greatest concern. RELATED: Most Common Health Conditions in Senior Cats ...

Senior Dogs: What to Watch Out For

Our dogs are like our children. If we raise them from puppies, often times we are the only parents they know. However, it's inevitable that our dogs will grow old and eventually decline in health. While this can be a painful process for us humans emotionally, it can be equally painful and frightening for our dogs. Imagine…