If you have a senior dog you may notice distinct changes in your pet’s behavior, as he spends more time just lazing around. With aging comes changes in the body’s physical, mental, emotional, and physiological conditions. The deterioration of the body makes a senior dog prone to various age-related issues including bone and joint problems, canine cognitive dysfunction, digestive issues, and skin problems. The integrity and function of the dog’s immune system also undergo a significant decline which can increase an aging dog’s risks to a variety of issues, some of which can be debilitating and life-threatening.
Digestion problems can affect a dog at any age. However, senior dogs suffer from digestive problems more often, pet parents need to be more alert and keep a close eye on their senior dog so that helpful medical intervention can be sought before the problem could become worse and serious complications set in.
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) / Dementia in dogs is an age-related condition affecting the brain of senior dogs. With time, affected dogs will experience cognitive decline and experience deficits in memory and learning, decreased perception, changes in sleeping patterns, poor response to stimuli, and lack of spatial awareness.