Physical and Mental Signs that Your Dog is Aging

Physical and Mental Signs that Your Dog is Aging

Everybody grows old, including dogs. Different breeds and sizes age at different rates. For instance, a large breed like a Great Dane is deemed senior at about six years old, while a little dog like a Chihuahua may not be regarded as elderly until they are seven to ten years old. The sooner you support your dog's graceful ageing, the more attuned you are to the common indicators. 

Physical signs that your dog is ageing includes:

  • Cloudy eyes or difficulty seeing: Eye cloudiness has no effect on eyesight but could signify cataracts or other eye conditions. Your dog may also start stumbling over things or struggle to find a toy on the floor or other familiar items, indicating eyesight loss.
  • Slowing down or difficulty getting around: Older dogs may have difficulty getting up after a nap, climbing stairs, or getting into the car. While everyone slows down as they age, your dog's movement problems could result from arthritis or another degenerative condition. 

Behavioural and mental signs of ageing in dogs include:

  • Fear of familiar people or objects
  • Compulsive behaviours
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Changes in the sleeping-waking cycle, such as restlessness or pacing at night
  • Forgetting commands and cues
  • Forgetting commands and cues

If you see any of these physical or mental changes in your dog, consult your veterinarian. They can identify the underlying medical conditions and recommend treatment.

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