Older Dog Health Problems - Common Health Problems Facing Senior Dogs

Becoming a senior happens to all of us, from the days we attend school, to the day we become a senior citizen and it happens to our dogs, too. Dogs also grow into that "golden age," which requires some understanding by their owners. I will try to alert you to what is happening to your dog, as it grows older. With dogs and I guess people too, the process of aging is more physiological than chronological when it comes to determining when one is mature. People aged in different stages and dogs follow suit.

Aging occurs when the body begins to slow down and the body's cells start falling apart faster than the body can repair them. In dogs, aging can begin as early as five years for larger breed dogs and seven years for small and middle sized dogs.

How well your dog responds to the aging process depends on a great deal on its genetics and environment. Nutrition also plays an important part; the quality of the food you feed your dog nourishes its cells and helps to prolong a long and healthy life.

Like all animals, as dog's age, they tend to develop health problems unique to older dogs. A lot of dog owners have a tough time accepting this fact and believe that their lively dog is not an older dog and will not encounter health problems.

Dogs can, however, demonstrate signs of aging as early as six years old. Older dog health problems normally affect bigger breeds earlier than small breeds that tend to show signs of aging around ten to twelve years of age. The truth is that senior dog health problems will eventually be a concern for every dog owner. The below YouTube video will guide you on how to take care of your dog as it aged, also you will learn about the common problems dog experience as they get old.

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