Know the signs of aging in your senior dog

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One of the hardest things pet parents have to go through is their beloved pet's aging. There are some great resources to help you recognize and even treat some of the health issues that affect your pet as it ages.

Degenerative diseases, including joint disorders and cognitive dysfunction, can both be managed by your veterinarian. While these things can't be cured, there are treatments that can lessen the impact on your pet's quality of life.

Another issue common with senior dogs (and cats) is infected gums and tooth issues. You'll want to be sure to take these seriously, as an infection can enter your pet's bloodstream, causing additional problems.

Behavioral changes to look for include your pet becoming unstable, perhaps greets you with less enthusiasm than you're used to. They tend to sleep more and have less energy. There are some great healthy aging supplements that can help reduce the effects of aging on your pet's behavior. Talk to your vet to determine the best course of action.

Perhaps the most difficult signs of aging to accept are your pet's loss of senses.  Some may become blind or deaf.  If you notice your pet is easily startled, or may not notice you or someone else in the room, you'll want to have your veterinarian do a checkup and see if there are any steps you can take to lessen the impact to the loss of senses.

Take the time to enjoy every moment possible with your pet and help them navigate these changes, especially as they need you more than ever. Keep their diet healthy and nutritious, and continue all wellness checkups. 

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