The Top Signs Of Ageing In Dogs
No matter how well we take care of our dogs, some health problems may occur because of their old age. While some can easily be addressed, some of these health issues need special care, and attention because they could pose a threat to your dog’s life.
This is why it’s important to know the top signs of ageing in dogs and how to reduce their risks through essential nutrients.
What Are The Signs Of Ageing In Dogs?
The first sign of ageing in dogs is hip and joint problems. This is because their joints tend to degenerate, and their tendons lose their elasticity. They may experience sudden stiffness in their joints which will cause pain and discomfort when they move.
This leads us to the next sign of ageing, which is inactivity. Their joint problems mean that they would rather skip on the activities they once loved. Their cardiovascular functions also weaken. This is why they tend to get slower when moving, as they can easily run out of breath.
Dogs also develop cloudy eyes. For some dogs, it’s a natural phase in ageing and will not hinder their eyesight. But for some, it could be a sign of cataracts.
Gastrointestinal problems also become more frequent with ageing dogs. Their stomach could no longer digest solid foods that they used to enjoy before. This leads to several problems such as stomach ache, diarrhea, flatulence, and vomiting.
This indigestion can also lead to obesity. As they start to be inactive, they can no longer burn down the fats they consume. They would also have difficulty absorbing the nutrients they need from the food, making them vulnerable to major illnesses.
How Do You Reduce The Risks Of Ageing In Dogs?
A lifestyle change is essential in ageing dogs.
It is highly recommended that you switch to dog foods that have less fat and calories. This is to reduce the risk of obesity. Aside from this, it’s also best that you mix their food with a little water to keep them moist and chewy. You should skip giving your dogs hard foods to gnaw as they may have no energy to do so.
Introducing your dogs to joint supplements is also essential. You should look for brands with rich amounts of Glucosamine and Chondroitin as they lubricate joints and enhance tendon elasticity.
Supplying your dog with probiotic digestive supplements would be great, too. Not only can they help with indigestion experienced by your dogs, but they can also ensure that the body properly absorbs all the nutrients on the food.
Aside from probiotics, L-carnitine could also aid the metabolism of dogs. It can break down the calories and fat that get into their bodies, transforming them into the energy they need. It can also help prevent various heart diseases such as hypertension and arrhythmic cardiomyopathy.
You should also change the exercise routines of your dogs. You should reduce strenuous activities and let them engage in more repetitive warm-up routines such as walking in the park and occasional fetch games.
Lastly, you could even change your house. It could help if you build ramps around your home as they will have a hard time walking up and downstairs. You could also install pet cameras to observe them from time to time.
As outlined, there are many ways you can help your dog when they begin to feel the outcomes of ageing. Living a full life with your dog can last much longer with these tips!
Laura Robinson, DMV
Dr Laura practices at the Antonio Animal Hospital in California, where she was born and raised. She is an advisor to Wuffes, ensuring all our products and content is of the highest standard