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4 Health Issues to Be Aware of as Your Dog Ages

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As your dog ages, there are several common health issues that you want to be aware of in case you need to take action. Preventative action is always preferable so if you see any of the following signs or symptoms in your dog, it is best to quickly visit the vet and take care of the problem.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is a leading cause of death for dogs and humans. Dogs that are obese and who eat unhealthy foods are the most likely to develop heart disease. There are also specific dog breeds that are more prone to problems such as heart valve problems (small dog breeds). Symptoms of heart disease in aging dogs include coughing, trouble breathing, weakness, tiredness when playing or when going for walks, bloating, and specifically back leg weakness.

Cancer

Cancer is the other leading cause of death for dogs. There are many different types of cancers that affect dogs and can end their life. If you suspect that your dog has cancer, make a veterinarian appointment immediately. Yearly routine blood work can help to spot cancer earlier and is recommended. Dogs with cancer may show symptoms such as swelling rapidly and abnormally in different areas, skin sores that do not heal, weight loss, weight gain, bleeding, breathing difficulty, eating difficulty, and urinating difficulty.

Arthritis

Arthritis is really common amongst aging dogs because their bones simply do not work as well as they did when they were young. One thing that you can do to help your dog with arthritis is to give them an anti-aging supplement for dogs that includes collagen to help protect their cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints. Most dogs will experience some form of arthritis as they age so putting them on preventative medication early on will yield the best results.

Poor Eyesight 

As dogs get older, they frequently begin to experience failing eyesight. If you notice that your dog is suddenly walking into furniture or you see a white fuzzy glaze over one or both eyes, this may be a sign of failing eyesight. Depending on the reason for the change in eyesight, your veterinarian may be able to prescribe medication to lower the pressure in the eye or to slow down the degenerative eye disease.

Help your dog today by paying attention to the subtle changes in their personality, behavior and health. If you notice any changes, make a visit with your primary veterinarian.

 About the Author:

Emma is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

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