The pets often experience a decline in mental and physical functions.
It may be a gradual decline in memory, arthritis, hearing, sight, tooth loss, lower metabolism, changes in digestion, muscle tone, learning skills and awareness of what is happening around them. These things can be noticed in behavioral changes.
Some pets are not interested in affection and attention like they used to be. Others may need more attention than usual, the pet can become clingy and needier than before. Activity levels may decrease. Movement is painful and slower metabolism keeps the pet from wanting to run and play. When the dog's activity level is reduced, then weight gain becomes a serious concern. Physical changes are progressive and irreversible. Painful condition leads to increased irritability and anxiety. Loss of visual and hearing can make the pet anxious, edgy and fearful of being handled or approached, which can make the pet become threaten, aggressive, growl, and snap.
Pets need to keep their minds and body active. Make their activities as stimulating as possible. Help the dog revive rusty tricks and commands, also have fun learning new ones. Keep in mind that the brain processes may have slowed down, so be more patient than ever before. Have an understanding of the pet's limitations.
Older dogs need frequent potty breaks to prevent house-soiling.
These are all things that can help the pets age.
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