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Older Dog Health: What Are the Signs of an Older Dog?

Aug 18, 2007
It is common knowledge that for every year that a dog is alive with us they are actually aging 'seven years' in comparison to people. Although this is estimation, it is very close to reality. To be totally accurate though, one dog year is closer to a person aging eight years in life. It is therefore important that you have common knowledge of older dog health and how you can better supply your pet through his older years.

It can be very hard to determine older dog health issues that may arise because different breeds age at different rates. For example it is known that large dogs age more quickly than smaller dog breeds. Issues of an aging dog would not set in as fast with smaller dogs like the Chihuahua or the Maltese.

Many people who own the very large and beautiful Saint Bernard are typically surprised at the short lifespan he has. Older dog health starts to deteriorate at around age six for this large dog breed. Also, Golden Retrievers need to have attention to their health starting around age eight. On the other end of the spectrum, the smaller Yorkshire terrier may not be considered to be in older dog health until the age of thirteen.

The first step in caring for older dogs may not be an easy step to start because many people are unsure of exactly when their dog is reaching those senior citizen years. The changes in that come with an elderly dog come slowly at times. The signs of age appear gradually and are often difficult to notice.

Let me give you an example of health in an aged dog that you may not notice for a while: The hairs around your dog's muzzle will start to turn white for a few years. It is often hard to notice this graying appearance because most people would assume this to be just a change in their dog's fur.

On a similar note of elderly dog care, you may not even notice until many years later that your dog's coat seems less shiny, less clean, and not as well groomed at it used to be. These are signs that your dog has hit his late years in life. But do not panic.

Do not get worried about these changes, although it may startle you to suddenly realize that your dog is in is old age and will need adult dog care soon. Aging is natural for your pet as it is for people. Embrace these changes and give more love to your dog. And most importantly, become educated in caring for problems your dog may encounter so that you can provide the best for him.
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Jane Saeman loves dogs and strives to keep other dog lovers informed. A whole world awaits other dog lovers.
Find out how cute the dog in your life is at my website which is at http://www.PicturesOfMyDogs.com
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