When to Take your Senior Pet to the Vet

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When it comes to health concerns for senior dogs, some problems are a result of old age and others are a sign of illness. While it is often okay to not worry about small signs of aging, be sure to make an appointment with your vet if you notice any of the following symptoms in your senior pooch.

Difficulty Moving 

While senior dogs are not going to cruise around like they did when they were younger, labored movement might be a sign of arthritis. Visit your vet to confirm a diagnosis and discuss treatment about how to keep your dog comfortable. You may have to adjust your senior dog care to account for new conditions like this.

Sudden Change In Behavior 

If your dog seems unable to see or hear, or if they are bumping into things, they might have a neurological issue. Get them to a vet as soon as possible for thorough testing and diagnosis. These symptoms and visible discomfort may also be a sign of diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.

Shift In Appetite Or Weight 

Take note if your dog is eating a steady diet and maintaining a healthy weight. If they suddenly stop eating, show signs of excessive hunger, or drop weight suddenly, they could have a condition. Alternatively, they might not be eating the appropriate diet for their age.

Unhealthy Urine or Stool 

Incontinence, bloody stool, or difficult urination are often symptoms of more serious conditions. If your senior dog suddenly shows these symptoms, take them to the vet and outline all of the issues. It is natural for urination and defecation to change as they age, but watch for signs of actual conditions.

Dental Decay Or Bleeding 

Tooth and mouth health are often linked to overall health, so be sure to schedule regular cleanings and keep an eye out for blood or decay. While these may be signs of an aging mouth or general periodontal disease, they can also be linked to infection and cancer.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

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