7 signs your senior dog needs a vet check up
- Weight loss
As pets get older, they may gradually lose a couple of pounds. However, if you notice any sudden or significant weight changes in your dog, it’s important to speak to your vet to identify the cause.
- Changes in appetite
When a pet with a previously normal appetite seems to be constantly ravenous, there could be a number of explanations. Loss of appetite, on the other hand, can have numerous causes. Your vet can help determine if there’s a problem.
- Increased thirst and frequent urination
If your pet is drinking lots more than usual, and warmer weather or indoor heating isn’t the explanation, it should be checked.
- Lumps and bumps
While lumps and bumps aren’t uncommon, especially on dogs, their causes can be varied and it’s always worth getting an unexplained swelling checked out. Keep up with your regular check-ups to help your vet spot any skin changes before they become a cause for concern.
Losing interest in playing, and sleeping more in the daytime, but less at night, may indicate a problem. With a thorough check-up, your vet will be able to determine the cause and get your pet the right treatment.
- Behaviour changes
Forgetting trained behaviour, being easily startled, yowling or barking at night, and showing signs of anxiety, can indicate a problem. As pets age, they can also suffer hearing loss which can make them nervous and stressed. Behaviour changes, such as a previously docile dog suddenly snapping or biting, can also indicate that your pet is in pain. Any number of problems (such as arthritis) could be the cause – your vet can help you support your pet and decide on the right course of action.
- A bad smell
If your pet starts to smell a bit, it’s worth checking out the cause. For example, smelly breath in dogs may point to gum disease. If you’ve noticed your pet’s bad breath, make sure to get it seen to as soon as possible and speak to your vet about treating the cause.
Have you noticed any of the symptoms on this list? Don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us and, to ensure these symptoms don’t crop up in future, schedule regular six-monthly check-ups, too.
If you notice one or more of these signs in your older dog, give us a call on 0999 885 1219 / 035 528 5015 or message us on Facebook.
Remember, all profits from Waggin Tails Vet Clinic go directly to the Dumaguete Animal Sanctuary to help them with the financial burden of saving strays in Dumaguete.