6 PHYSICAL CHANGES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN SENIOR DOGS

6 PHYSICAL CHANGES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN SENIOR DOGS

Dogs may experience the signs of aging at different times in their lives. In general, once a dog turns seven, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of physical decline.

If your dog is aged seven or older, PRO PLAN® BRIGHT MIND™ Adult 7+ has been formulated to support healthy aging and your dog’s unique nutritional needs.

If your dog is showing certain behaviours or characteristics, they may be experiencing physical decline. Visit your vet if you see any of the following signs in your dog.

Hearing loss

Dogs may lose some of their hearing as they grow older. Dogs with hearing loss may bark for no reason, or fail to come when they’re called. They may also ignore commands that they usually respond to.

Vision loss

Cataracts and other types of vision loss is a clear, physical sign that your dog is aging. If your dog has a white, hazy growth over the eyes, he/she may be developing cataracts, while other vision loss may look like confusion or disorientation.

Tooth loss or soreness

Some dogs have an increase in dental problems, including gum soreness and tooth loss, as they grow older. Oral discomfort can also result in decreased appetite or reluctance to eat.

Weight gain or loss

When dogs age, their metabolism may change, which can cause them to gain or lose weight even though they’re eating the same number of calories and getting the same amount of exercise.

Changes in breathing

As dogs age, the incidence of heart problems increases. Loud or laboured breathing or coughing could be a sign of this or other problems.

Stiffness or limping

Arthritis is common in older dogs, and can cause stiffness in a dog’s legs, shoulders or hips. Limping or getting up and down slowly may be signs of physical decline in your dog.

If your dog is showing signs of physical decline, consult your vet. You and your vet can work together to help your older dog live life to the fullest.

FAQ?

HAVE YOU CHANGED THE WAY THE PRO PLAN® DOG RANGE IS STRUCTURED?

Yes, the range structure has been changed to better meet the needs of dog owners and make it easier to find the right product for your dog.

 

The range will now be divided by dog size:

– Small & Mini (dog weight 1-10kg)

– Medium (dog weight 10-25kg)

– Large (dog weight 25kg +)

 

Use our product selector tool to help you choose the right product for your dog.

If you have any doubts, please contact our pet care advice team: call 0800 738 847

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