As with humans, senior dogs may suffer from age-related ailments such as arthritis or incontinence. It is especially important to maintain regular check-up appointments with your vet in order to prevent or treat any illness. Different breeds of dogs display signs of old age at different ages: giant breeds experience the shortest lifespans and, as such, reach a geriatric age sooner than tiny breeds which typically have the longest lifespans.
“A dog’s golden years are a time to cherish, but they can also bring some new challenges with them. Our senior sweethearts often face a number of common health problems related to their advancing age, including arthritis, failing vision, hearing loss and other issues. And while you can’t necessarily prevent these problems, you can work with your veterinarian to help ensure your dog is as healthy, comfortable and happy as possible as he ages.” (Vetstreet.com)