As much as we wish it didn’t happen, we can’t stop it, our pets do age. As pet parents, it’s hard to notice the gradual changes but one day you’ll notice that Max can’t jump on the bed anymore. Watch out for the following conditions and how to deal with the symptoms. Experts say to start recording their activity at their fourth birthday and track any changes in their behavior. 1
Cats typically hit the once-coveted title between 10 to 12 years, but for dogs, it varies on their size.
Cognitive Dysfunction (CD)
Known as the equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease, CD affects nearly half of elderly dogs and cats. It leads to disorientation, reduced or increased activity, social issues, and memory lapses.
Weak joints – typically in the legs, back, and neck – can cause pets to struggle to get up in the morning and walk or lay down a little funky, and are a sign that your dog might need a little extra help getting around. Cats will start to sleep more hours in the day.
As our pets get older their muscle mass and metabolism tend to slow down which contributes to them packing on the Lbs.
Vision and Hearing Loss
Pets that can’t respond to known commands and are developing cataracts could be dealing with blindness and deafness.
Frequent urination and going back into pre-potty-trained days may indicate a serious problem such as kidney failure.
Animals get older and the problems they have overgrown as a puppy may be coming back. Just remember to be patient with them and give them just as much love as before. Not sure what else to get for your aging dog? Read our list of 5 Senior Dog Essentials.
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