It is unavoidable: Not only humans get old, even old dogs are inevitably part of the cycle of nature. The aging process is not in the eye of the beholder - there are clear signs when your four-legged friend becomes a senior. Here you can read which signals you should pay attention to, what consequences this has and how you can enjoy your old companion for as long as possible.
Of course, her four-legged friend does not pass the years without a trace. Old dogs can not give full throttle, are weaker overall and must accept restrictions. Nevertheless, it is perfectly possible, even in the elderly with the cold snout to put a lot on their feet. First of all, however, you should realize that your dog is at an age that qualifies him for the pension.
Signs when your dog gets old
Aging is also a creeping process among four-legged friends that never happens overnight. Eventually, however, comes the point where you notice clear signs. Your dog, for example, takes more time, takes extra breaks and takes more nap than before. This will break down muscles and it may well be that your companion attaches some flab. Outwardly, gray hair, as in humans, is an indication of advancing age.
Your dog may be less able to concentrate and hear, smell and see less. Also the sense of taste decreases, old dogs often do not eat as well as they used to. Tartar and worn joints bring further restrictions - your best friend is old and may well be called a senior.
Episodes of Aging That Can Cause Your Dog
Unlike you, your four-legged friend must cope with the consequences mentioned directly. The diminishing sensory perceptions limit, the joints hurt, the bladder presses or can no longer be controlled as usual and the diminishing ability to concentrate makes it difficult for new experiences. Maybe your dog will also deteriorate in the hygienic area or become dement. Accordingly, he demands more care, more attention and more will to continue to challenge and care for him. Especially when old dogs are no longer able to do as they used to do and join in: it is up to you to compensate for this with an optimal all-round package.
What can you do when your dog gets old?
Your dog gets old, pushes a calmer ball and can not move as before. Means: The energy supplied via the dog food must also be reduced. There are special elderly feeds for old dogs that have less energy but still all the important nutrients on board. In addition to food, there are many other things you can do when your four-legged friend grows old.
Continue your physical and mental pursuit of employment, for example, with your favorite toys and auctions. Go on walks, running, splashing, or spending time with familiar or new friends. The latter social contacts are very beneficial for the dog especially in old age. Provide more warmth when your pet grows old. In particular, when lying on the floor, it must not be too cold or even damp in any case. Give your dog the necessary rest and protect him from unnecessary stress. Keep up to date with rituals and routines such as eating and going to the gym.
Young to old - calculation in human years
For young and old dogs: The rule of thumb that a dog year corresponds to seven human years, is hardly meaningful. In the first twelve months, her four-legged friends are having a lot of fun and teenage time is just rushing by. Subsequently, the aging process allows significantly more time. In addition, the size of the dog is significant.
Here are three calculation models for young and old dogs that are getting closer:
Small dogs up to 15 kilos:
- ● 12 months equals 17 to 19 human years
- ● Five years: 33 to 38 human years
- ● Ten years: 60 to 65 human years
- ● 15 years: 85 to 90 human years
Medium sized dogs around 25 kilos:
- ● 12 months correspond to 15 to 16 human years
- ● Five years: 40 to 45 human years
- ● Ten years: 65 to 75 human years
- ● 15 years: about 100 human years
Big dogs over 40 kilos:
- ● 12 months correspond to 14 to 15 human years
- ● Five years: 45 to 50 human years
- ● Ten years: 75 to 85 human years
- ● 15 years: Methuselah and very rare