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Help your dog age gracefully.

Senior Dogs: Health Care, Grooming, Nutrition Tips

Like humans, as dogs age they may become a little forgetful, suffer from aches and pains and prefer to have a nap rather than a run around.

When is a dog considered to be 'senior'?

The breed and size of a dog plays a major role in determining when a dog enters its senior years. Smaller breeds of dog typically have a longer lifespan, so are considered senior later in life.

Senior dog needs

As with humans, the needs and activity levels of senior dogs will change as they age. They are also more likely to:

It is important to take your senior dog to your veterinarian for wellness checks every 6 months

A few senior problems!

Healthy mouths are important

Poor dental hygiene and dental disease places your dog at risk of damage to other organs. Talk to your vet about the best ways to maintain good dental health in your dog. This may include:

Unusual lumps and bumps

Older dogs can often develop unusual lumps and bumps, on and under their skin. Not all lumps and bumps are sinister, but look out for changes in size, shape, colour and consistency, as well as redness, weeping and ulceration.

Sore and stiff joints

Osteoarthritis is a gradual but progressive degenerative condition of the joints. Bony outgrowths can also form around the joint, which can cause pain and further restrict mobility.

Signs of osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but it can be managed

Management of osteoarthritis can include:

Senior pets can become a little forgetful

Cognitive dysfunction, or dementia, is a progressive disease that changes behaviour.

Signs of cognitive decline

Managing cognitive decline

Cognitive decline cannot be cured, but the progression of the disease can be managed through dietary modification and drug therapy, which can be discussed with your vet. It is also important to:

Other considerations for the senior dog

Things can get a little blurry

Like humans, senior dogs may start to develop changes in their eyes which can affect their eyesight. Common signs of vision impairment include:

Most senior dogs will have a bluish-grey haziness seen through their pupils, which can be mistaken for cataracts – this is a normal age-related change in the lens of the eye, and does not usually affect vision.

What did you say?

It is not uncommon for senior dogs to experience hearing loss. With a bit of support, dogs with hearing loss can continue to live full and happy lives:


Keeping your senior dog active

It is important that older dogs remain active, to avoid obesity and muscle wasting and remain mentally stimulated:

We understand flea and worm protection is important

It is important to continue parasite protection to protect your dog from nasty biting insects and worms with the Advantage Family range of products.

Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advocate for Dogs

Advocate is an easy-to-use spot-on flea, heartworm and worm treatment for dogs and puppies.
Treats
Fleas, heartworm and worms

Biting Parasites

Protect your pet from nasty Australian parasites.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advocate for Dogs

Advocate is an easy-to-use spot-on flea, heartworm and worm treatment for dogs and puppies. Treats
Fleas, heartworm and worms

Biting Parasites

- ↓ -

Protect your pet from nasty Australian parasites.