As your dog moves in to their senior years it is crucial to make life as easy as possible for them – regular visits to the vet could help you achieve this

As with humans, dogs also start to slow down as they get older. They might be inclined to exercise less and become more subdued. Although this may calm any undesirable and overexcited behaviour, there is also a very real chance of them putting on weight, which will have a negative impact on their overall health.

Different breeds of dog age at different rates, meaning that is important to carefully monitor your pet’s habits in order to notice any changes.

So, when is your dog officially an ‘older pet’

  • Small Breeds – over 8 years
  • Medium Breeds – over 7 years
  • Large Breeds – over 7 years
  • Giant Breeds – over 5 years

What changes should you look out for?

  • Problems with eating
  • Poor / reduced mobility
  • Lethargy / sleeping more
  • Eyesight / hearing problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Seizures or fits
  • Losing weight despite having a normal appetite

As your dog ages their immune system may become weak, meaning that it is far more likely that they will be affected by viruses and infections that could be potentially dangerous. This is why it is vital for you to bring them in to visit us regularly so that we can thoroughly check their health and monitor any signs of change.

To find out more about senior dogs, the best ways to look after them, or to book an appointment with us please call 091 867008 today and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help.

Please contact Barna Veterinary Clinic for an appointment if you have any concerns about your senior pet.

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