12 Signs Of Aging Every Dog Owner Should Know
Just like people, dogs show certain signs of aging that are a completely normal part of life. Although you may want to pay closer attention and change certain things to make sure your pooch is still living comfortably, you should typically expect your dog to be the same ol’ canine companion you’ve always had. If you’re concerned you don’t know what a healthy aging process looks like, or you have never shared your home with a senior dog, be sure to become familiar with this list.
#1 – Graying
Just as humans begin to see changes in their hair color, dogs will too. You might notice that your dog’s once beautiful black mask has become an endearing gray beard. Coat color can change anywhere on the body, but is most often observed first on the face and paws.
#2 – Decreased Mobility
A decrease in mobility is very common in aging dogs. Whether they’re experiencing arthritis for the first time and have late onset joint diseases, older dogs are susceptible to feeling uncomfortable with movement. There may be less jumping on the couch and walking up steps than there used to be.
#3 – Calluses
Dogs can develop calluses anywhere on their bodies, but we most commonly see them where there’s a lot of friction. For example, most dogs will develop calluses on their elbows and hocks from laying on hard flooring over time. As dogs age, they’re less active and the increase in rest often brings larger or new calluses. Read more . . .