As your dog ages, you might notice they aren’t their normal selves some days. They’ll start to move a little awkward, in a manner that’s slower and less stable. They may have become less energetic and not as enthused to play and cuddle like they used to. Common health ailments can damper their health even further, and because of their seniority, dogs’ immune systems aren’t as strong as they once were.
Dogs will take the time to roll around in the grass and mud, and generally anything messy they can find. It’s in their nature to explore the world around them, and sometimes they can put their nose and mouth where it shouldn’t be and to their detriment. As the warmer days settle in, germs, bacteria and minute creatures that are potentially harmful to your dog, the surface onto grass fields. Dogs like to dig and if they’re not careful, they could end up digging up the soil with things can enter their bodies and damage their health internally. Understanding these common health problems is the first step in allowing your dog to age much less discomfort.
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Dogs can suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease just like human do. Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome is a medical condition which causes your dog to lose memories, change their personality, and become confused. Dogs that suffer from CDS, also become disorientated and forget what they were doing in the middle of something. By creating a safe space for them, you can instill within them a muscle memory which can lead them to become calm and back into contact with their surroundings. A place of comfort could be a luxury leather dog bed. The bed serves as a focal point of safety and familiarity if they get confused or scared of not knowing what they’re supposed to be doing. The buffalo leather is supple and molding to your dog’s shape, and a delicate pillow can sooth the nerves.
Just like people, the lifetime wear and tear of cartilage and ligaments in joints can happen in older dogs. Arthritis causes swelling and stiffness around the joints and leads to chronic pain. You can notice your dog may be suffering from this by observing their movement as if they’re limping, slow to walk, reluctant to move from a sitting position; chances are your dog is trying to avoid joint pain. You may also find your dog is avoiding stairs and doesn’t want to go out for walkies anymore. There are many treatments for arthritis such as changing up your dog’s diet, joint supplements, and light exercise.
The kidneys remove waste and maintain a proper balance in the body. If kidneys no longer function properly, toxins build up and start to harm in the insides of an individual. Waste that isn’t being excreted essentially plays the role of a poison and can damage the immune system. If your dog increasingly wants more water to drink and loses bladder control or has a sudden drop in body weight, there’s a high chance your dog might have kidney disease. Take them to the veterinarian as soon as you can to get them checked out. You’ll receive advice and treatment options at the clinic.