Guest post by Jennifer Kachnic
When our dogs become seniors it’s time to return to them all that they have given to us through the years. Dogs age much faster than people and their life spans depend greatly upon their size. A year does not seem like a long time, but is equivalent to four to five human years. In general, the larger the breed or size of the dog, the shorter the life span. Smaller dogs generally become senior around the age of 10-12 and the largest breeds around 6-7. Dogs are considered senior in the last 25% of their lives. Those are the years they start slowing down, becoming less active and sleeping more. These changes often come with age, but they also can be signs of conditions that might benefit from treatment.
Here are symptoms, treatment options, and most important, ways to prevent (or at least slow down) the progression of some of the top three common health issues with our geriatric pets.
How often do we really look in our dogs’ mouths? Brush daily? Provide proper chew bones – which they actually use? Not as often as we probably should. Not surprisingly then, if there is one problem that almost every senior dog seems to have, it is dental disease. It’s a shame, because in comparison to some of the other afflictions that befall our aging friends, advanced dental disease is easily preventable.