Dog Allergies and Treatments

The Older Dog

As a dog ages his body goes through the same kind of changes our bodies go through only his come about early.

Your dog leaves puppy hood at 2 years old.

This is when he becomes an adult dog and starts leaving his puppy traits behind.  It's kind of sad to see the puppy leave and the adult take over but it's a lot easier on the furniture!  My puppy was a little monster.  He actually ate the chair legs on my best dinning room set.  Darn!  But I left them there.  It reminds me of that little bundle of fluff that gave me so much laughter from such a little dog.

Anyway, at two your dog becomes an adult and for 6 more years your dog will remain a healthy happy youthful dog.  Ready for walks and play and caring for you.  Because that's his job.  To care for you.  Whether he is a big guard dog, a little watch dog or just a big old dog without a herd of sheep to herd and big wet sloppy kisses aimed right at you.

At eight years old your dog will change.  He is growing older.  His teeth will need more attention.  His joints might start hurting and arthritis might set in, depending in the breed.  Fatty deposits will develop under the skin which will cause frantic visits to the vet, only to find out that these are mostly normal (get them checked out anyway).  My dog who is almost 9 has a big fatty tumor under and in back of his front leg.  It was biopsies and is nothing more than fatty tissue.  Groomers often find them first, especially in very thick coated dogs and will tell you about them.  Usually there is no cause for alarm.

My dog who has had a very hard time of it these past three years has changed somehow.  His illnesses seem to be less aggressive and he recovers sooner.  He would get an upset stomach that would last sometimes up to 48 hours and now last only about 8 hours.  I wish someone would explain to me what is going on.

Another thing to watch out for is Pancreatitis.  Pancreatitis is a disease of the pancreas that sometimes happens when a dog is getting too much fat in his diet and not enough exercise.  The job of the pancreas is production of digestive enzymes.  Pancreatitis can cause enzyme leakage, so Pancreatitis can occur for a number or reasons. Often, it takes a combination of thing  to cause Pancreatitis to occur in a dog or cat. High fat diets, obesity and lack of exercise are the most common contributors.

An older dog who's metabolism has slowed down doesn't need as much fat and sometimes too much will cause a Pancreatic attack.  You dog will begin to throw up his food many times a day, stop drinking water and not feel well.  Take him to the vet and get a diagnosis.  A low fat diet will probably be in order to give he pancreas a rest.

I'd also like to tell you about the importance of giving your dog not only good food, but fresh filtered water.  With all the gunk in our water (chemicals, medications and petroleum) good fresh water is vital to you and your family as well as your dog.  A dogs life, at best is about 14 years if he's very lucky.  How about helping his chances for a longer life by giving him good food and fresh filtered water.

In closing, give your dog the very best chance for a long life by giving him good healthy food and filtered water.  Watch the fats and give him plenty of play and exercise.  You'll both benefit from the exercise and while you're at it start eating fish.  Dogs love it and your heart will thank you for it!

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