Aging is a natural process that impacts everything, including your pets. While an average Great Dane lives for around seven years, smaller breeds have a longer lifespan of up to 14 years. Although aging is inevitable, as a responsible pet parent, you can also help your pet stay healthy and happy for as long as possible. This can be done by looking for signs of aging and helping your dog age gracefully.
Here’s are some common signs of aging to watch for and manage.
Metabolism changes cause dogs to gain weight as they get older. They also become less active and lose interest in playing. Overweight dogs become prone to health issues like diabetes, arthritis, and hypothyroidism.
You will have to make changes to your dog’s diet and cut down on fats. Limit the number of treats and table scraps as they are calorie-rich. Also, pay attention to portion control and adjust the pet’s diet according to any metabolic changes.