Senior Dogs Can Experience A Range Of Medical Conditions Including Kidney Failure, Diabetes, Dental Disease, Cognitive Dysfunction, And Respiratory Issues
A dog is considered a senior around the age of seven. Lameness is the most common sign in senior dogs. Stiffness is common after periods of rest. It can improve as the dog warm up. Treatment options include pain management, surgery, physical therapy, joint supplementation and antibiotics. Kidney failure is a condition that affects the body's ability to produce red blood cells. (max_bytes(150000):strip_icc()/GettyImages-Doclisteningtodog-788290789747426c8103c8b22ebf7d5f. jpg) Diabetes Mellitus is caused by a deficiency of insulin in the body. Glucose attracts water. This leads to increased thirst and urination. A senior dog may gain weight due to increased water intake and urine output. Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a clinical syndrome of fluid retention due to severe heart disease. Occasional coughing that seems worse in the morning or after a few hours of sleep is one of the first signs noted.
Early clinical signs include lagging on walks or a decreased desire to play. Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) is used to describe behavioral changes in older dogs. The prevalence of CDS in dogs is extremely high. It ranges from 28% in 11-to 12-year-old dogs to 68% in 15-to 16-yearolds. Treating CDS involves a multi-modal approach that includes supplements and diet. .