Common Ailments in Senior Dogs

Arthritis is inflammation of joints causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. Dogs may limp, avoid stairs, and show pain when picked up.

Arthritis in Dogs

Gum disease can cause tender, swollen gums that bleed. If untreated, it can lead to bone loss and damage to organs.

Gum Disease

Diabetes, common in dogs aged 8 or 9, is caused by poor insulin production. Symptoms include frequent thirst, weight loss, and fatigue.


Blindness can occur gradually in dogs. Early signs include cataracts, bumping into things, and dilated or irritated eyes.


Kidney disease can cause increased thirst, urination, weight loss, and vomiting. A dog may also develop an ammonia smell to their breath.

Kidney Disease

Cancer is prevalent in senior dogs. Look for lumps, weight changes, slow-healing sores, and excessive panting. Early detection aids treatment.


Dementia can cause memory loss, confusion, and personality changes in dogs. Symptoms include forgetting familiar toys, owners, and staring blankly.


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