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There will come a time that an active dog would no longer be the pet that it once was. Your pets also go through the process of aging that may also require a rather different type of care. This will help not only make life more comfortable for your pet dog but also make the bond between you and your pet stronger.

When does a dog get older?

Dogs have a shorter life span as compared to humans. Most people don’t really know when their pets feel the effects of aging or when they are really getting old. One way of recognizing if your pet dog is getting old is to observe its appearance as well as behavior. Here are some signs that will tell you if your dog is approaching its elderly years.

Changes in Eating Habits

Aging dogs will slowly have changes in its eating habits. For the most part, older dogs may not have the same appetite as it had while young. This may have to do sometimes with tooth and gum conditions brought about by aging. Soreness that dogs feel with this condition will make them eat less and even have times that they refuse to eat at all.

Tiredness and Fatigue

As dogs begin to get older, their energy levels also decreases. They feel tired more often and so you may see them always napping. Some dogs may begin to feel some aches and pains in their joints that may be a sign of arthritis, an old injury or just normal wear and tear through the years.

Coat and Skin Changes

As dogs age, their skin becomes less supple. Age also makes their skin become thicker. You should also try to look for lumps on or under your pet dog’s skin. This may be a sign that a tumor is forming.

Weight Changes

As dogs get old, they also experience changes in their bodily functions. Their metabolism slows down and may not be an energetic as before. This may lead them to be less active and so may gain some weight.

When you see these changes and more in your pet dog, chances are that it is already getting old. This might require a whole different type of care. For one, your pet dog may require more frequent visits with the vet to check it up for possible illnesses and diseases and undergo the proper treatment. Older dogs may also require special dietary needs to provide for its nutritional needs.

You may discuss this with your vet to learn more about the special diets that you may need to follow for your aging pet. And as your pet dog get older, you may need to have to institute a proper exercise regimen on a regular basis to keep them from suffering from age-related conditions such as obesity and arthritis.