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Is Your Dog Getting on in Years?

Is Your Dog Getting on in Years_If you have a dog, chances are good that it plays a significant role in your quality of life. However, it’s quality of life is important, too. Making sure your dog’s quality of life remains high as it gets older is far easier if you understand the basics. At Antelope Valley Animal Hospital, we have a lot of experience with aging dogs and the common issues they affect them. We are here to care for your dog (and help you care for your dog as well).

Like many animals, dogs hide health problems very well. By the time you notice something is up, chances are good that the issue has been around for a while. Your first priority when you own an older dog must be to watch it carefully for signs of trouble. The great news here is that, with regular exams, preventative measures, and lifestyle adjustments, your best friend can stay healthy and happy even as it gets old.

Watch for These Health Issues

There are several health issues that tend to crop up when a dog gets on in years. Both you and your vet should be on the lookout for these health problems so they can be addressed before they get too serious.

  • Cognitive disorders
  • Dental disease
  • Liver disease
  • Arthritis
  • Prostate disease
  • Vision issues
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Cancer
  • Deafness
  • Intestinal issues

The above list might seem pretty daunting. Nobody wants any of these issues to affect their best friend. However, like we said, by remaining vigilant, you can do a lot to keep health struggles at bay.

Signs That Something is Wrong

We just gave you a list of possible health issues, but what do they look like when they show up? Fortunately, they aren’t very subtle, which makes them clear even to the untrained eye. Keep an eye on your dog between vet visits for these signs of trouble:

  • Changes in water intake, appetite, or urination
  • More vocalization than normal
  • Lumps
  • Coughing
  • Limping or stiffness
  • Odd behavior like uncharacteristic aggression
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Incontinence
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Weight fluctuations

We want to emphasize the significance of weight fluctuations, which can both cause and indicate issues. For instance, obesity in dogs can increase the risk of developing arthritis and other diseases. Significant weight loss without any other symptoms can indicate an underlying issue that needs to be identified and addressed by a vet.

Ways You Can Take Action

In addition to carefully watching over your dog’s health and keeping up with preventative care like vaccinations, dental care, and parasite prevention, you can make life easier on your furry friend by creatubg a comfortable environment. Make food and water easily accessible and provide bedding with appropriate support. Lavish as much affection and attention on your dog as you can. It will boost morale for both of you.
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Make Regular Appointments With Antelope Valley

You don’t have to handle your aging pet alone. The team at Antelope Valley Animal Hospital is here to provide professional care and insights to alleviate your stress and keep your furry friend’s life as happy as possible. Turn to our excellent services in Palmdale today!

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