Don’t Mistake Illness for Old Age

We can expect some common changes in our dogs as they age, but signs of illness can be subtle. It’s a good idea to have your veterinarian provide a thorough examination, ideally at least twice a year, once your dog reaches 7 years of age.  Discuss any changes you have observed in your dog’s behavior, even if they seem minor.  Changes in appetite could be caused by dental problems or other illness.  Staying in bed more could mean arthritis pain is taking a toll, and your dog is moving less because it’s too painful to get up.  Although we can’t stop the aging process, with some guidance from our veterinarians, there are often steps we can take to improve the quality of life for our friends. Read on to learn more about Caring for an Elderly Dog.

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