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5 Common Health Problems in Senior Dogs

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Health problems in senior dogs can occur after the age of 9 to 10, and these health problems may be accompanied by the behavioral changes. Some common health issues in the senior dogs include cardio problems, arthritis and dental diseases. Being aware of these diseases will help you to understand your dog, and you can also take some preventive measures so as to delay the occurrence of these aging diseases.

1.Heart problems

Senior dogs are susceptible to various heart diseases. These problems are more common in the overweight dogs. The diet and fitness level in your dogs also contribute to this problem. A dog with a lean diet (low in fats and carbohydrates) and a healthy exercise routine is less likely to develop a heart problem.

2.Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

After the age of 3 or 4, dogs may develop some dental problems. These dental problems are mainly due to the lack of dry treats or kibble food in the dog’s diet and an improper dental hygiene. Plaque deposits in your dog’s mouth can easily turn into tartar, which can’t be removed by brushing.


It is a joint disease that can be very painful for the dogs. In this condition, the joints are inflamed and the dog becomes incapable of performing regular tasks like running, jumping or even walking. If you see your pet limping or having difficulties in standing up, it may be case of Arthritis. Overweight dogs are more susceptible to develop this medical condition.

4.Inappropriate Elimination

Some senior dogs will have no control over their bladder therefore urinate in the house. This inappropriate elimination may also signal a severe urinary infection or other medical conditions in your dog, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Colitis or enteritis
  • Kidney problems
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Stress

5. Diabetes

Old dogs, especially obese old dogs, are more exposed to developing diabetes. This medical condition is caused by an increased level of glucose in the blood of dogs that cannot be properly assimilated. To manage this medical condition, insulin shots are needed.


Sugandha is a devoted pet owner who owns two cats named Kai, Ritter & a Golden Retriever named Bracky. She is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion!. In an effort to strengthen the bond between people and their pets, she shares her knowledge by writing articles.

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