Just like humans, as your dog gets older, they are more at risk of developing certain diseases and ailments. For this reason, it’s important for your dog to have regular checkups with their veterinarian. Our team can provide expert advice on how to care for your older dog, and our fully stocked pharmacy can provide you with the medication your dog needs.
Arthritis is the inflammation of joints that occurs when cartilage is damaged. It can cause swelling, stiffness and pain, and you may see your dog start limping, have difficulty walking to standing, or an aversion to movement or stairs. Arthritis in dogs can be treated with medication and changes in diet and exercise.
Gingivitis usually proceeds gum disease, and describes gum inflammation that occurs when mouth bacteria turns into plaque, which turns into tartar. If not treated, the gums will pull away from the teeth and cause infection and bone loss.
Diabetes most commonly occurs in dogs at the age of 8 or 9 years old. Diabetes can be hereditary and is more common in females. Dog breeds especially prone to diabetes include Samoyeds, Cairn Terriers, Pugs, Toy Poodles and Miniature Schnauzers. Symptoms of diabetes include frequent thirst and increased urination, weight loss, fatigue, irritability, recurring infections, blurred vision, and slow-healing cuts or bruises.
If you suspect your senior dog is suffering from an ailment, please bring them into our veterinary office as soon as possible to so we can begin treatment.