Common Diseases Afflicting Older Dogs

Health, last updated 30th, Nov 2012, chandan kumar singh

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Rheumatism/Arthritis: Arthritis usually shows up when the dog reaches approximately 10 years of age. Most common symptoms are stiff joints,difficulty in movement and irritability.

Blindness: Cataracts are the chief cause of blindness and are common in senior dogs. They may be seen in the form of cloudy spots, and are visible through the pupil. Cataracts can be removed by surgery and a major portion of sight may be restored through the same.

Otitis: Old dogs frequently suffer from otitis or inflammation of the ear. The condition can be very painful, with many victims even refusing to eat. Otitis is more often seen in dogs with long or pendulous ears, such as Dachshunds, Cocker Spaniels and Irish setters. Otitis may also lead to deafness.

Nephritis: Chronic nephritis or inflammation of the kidney is present in most old dogs. Dogs with chronic nephritis have to be put on a special diet for the rest of their lives.

Cancer: Symptoms of cancer may include abnormal growths under the skin, as well as, swelling that won’t go away. Cancer may also manifest itself through bleeding or bloody discharge from the eyes, mouth, ears or other openings.

Other Ailments: Prostatitis, pyometra and ascites—while these conditions are usually found in old dogs, they may also be present as symptoms of disease in younger dogs.

Never chide or punish a dog for accidents due to incontinence. The dog is probably just as upset as you are by loss of control over its body. Ward off accidents by taking your senior dog outside more often. Take him out as soon as he wakes up in the morning, before bedtime, after eating and after napping. Incontinence can also be evidence of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS). CDS causes disorientation, confusion, memory loss and personality changes that resemble characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease in humans.

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