Time gets the better of even the healthiest dogs. From cancer and deteriorating thought processes to arthritis and diabetes, geriatric dogs develop diseases similar to those that befall humans. Below is a brief summary of the physical conditions you and your veterinarian may encounter as you help your dog navigate old age.
Note: Older dogs should see a vet every 6 months. Between visits, report any changes in your dog's health or appearance.
With age, your dog's nervous system will dull. The pathways that transmit messages to the brain from nerve endings slow down, and his senses, which receive messages from the outside world, won't be as receptive as they once were.
Other Systemic Problems