Senior dogs are prone to developing medical problems as they age. When caught in time many diseases can be managed while maintaining a high quality of life for your dog. If any of the following warning signs appear in your dog, make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Changes in Behavior
Is your dog normally energetic but suddenly sleeping all day? Is your dog unexpectedly refusing favorite activities, such as going for walks? If so, these changes could signal anything from arthritis pain to cancer. The Actijoy dog tracker can help you identify when your dog is sleeping more than normal or otherwise being less active.
Change in Thirst or Appetite
Two common symptoms that something is wrong with your senior dog are increased thirst or decreased appetite. Excessive thirst can be caused by a variety of illnesses, including kidney and liver failure, diabetes, Cushing’s disease, and cancer.
Decreased appetite also has numerous underlying causes, such as pain, cancer, diabetes, and the flu, among others. The smart dog bowl will track how much your dog typically eats or drinks throughout the day and notify you of any sudden changes. This information can be invaluable when diagnosing a potential illness.
All dogs will experience acute bouts of vomiting or diarrhea from time to time. However, a chronic gastrointestinal upset is a warning sign that something is wrong with your dog, such as allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, or an intestinal disorder.
Changes in Urination
Older dogs may begin to develop continence issues as they age. However, if your dog suddenly develops bladder control issues, a visit to the vet is warranted. Additionally, if your dog has strained or painful urination, a urinary tract infection may be to blame. Senior dogs often experience the urge to urinate more frequently, and “holding it” for long periods of time leaves them prone to infection.
Weight Gain / Loss
Sudden changes in weight can signal many different types of disorders, including thyroid conditions, diabetes, and cancer. The Actijoy app provides a regular reminder to check your dog’s weight. Not only do regular weigh-ins ensure your dog does not gradually become overweight, but they also help you monitor any sudden changes.
Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified health care from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.