Senility in Dogs

Is your Diamond Bar dog getting on in years? You may have noticed Fido’s muzzle going grey, and your canine pal might be moving a lot more slowly than he once did. As he ages, your canine pal may start to act a bit differently. Dogs do sometimes become senile in their golden years, just as humans do.

The signs of senility in dogs may vary from pooch to pooch, but there are a few that tend to be more common. You may notice your furry pal standing in a corner, or stuck in a door. Elderly dogs may sometimes forget things, and your buddy might not remember what to do next. Gently guide him back to you by calling him. Your furry companion may also take to pacing, and seem anxious. Another symptom of senility in dogs is incontinence. Your loyal pet may have some accidents. Don’t punish a senior dog for such incidents, especially if your pup has always been well-behaved when it comes to housetraining. He might be embarrassed or ashamed, and disciplining him will only add to his misery. Another thing your pup may do is howl or bark for no reason you can discern. This too, can be a symptom of cognitive decline in an aging dog.

Elderly dogs sometimes lose their interest in food, and may start sleeping more. Sometimes dogs will change their sleep habits completely. Fido may take to staying up all night, and sleeping all day. He may also forget his human buddies, so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t greet visitors the way he used to. Your furry pal could also forget a few commands.

Aging dogs have different needs than younger dogs. Your pal will appreciate a good, soft bed as he ages. He may need to be walked more frequently, but for shorter intervals. His dietary needs may also change, so consult with your vet about switching to a senior dog food formula.

Senior dogs are just as cute as puppies in their own way. They are often calmer, less destructive, and require less exercise. Taking care of your furry buddy as he grows old can be very rewarding. Your dog stood faithfully by you, and brightened your days and your life with unwavering, unconditional love. As he gets older, he won’t necessarily be bouncing around playfully, or trying to start a game of tug-o-war with you, but he is still the same beloved pet you’ve had all this time. He’s still part of the family.

Please check with your Diamond Bar vet about caring for your aging pal, and visit our site frequently for more articles on dog care and behavior.

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