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    FAQ: What things should you expect when your pet becomes a senior?

    What things should you expect when your pet becomes a senior? Please share your stories and advice if you have had a senior pet.

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    Re: FAQ: What things should you expect when your pet becomes a senior?

    I may come back with more thoughts later, but here is some things to expect.

    Teeth may shift and become crooked, teeth may need cleaning due to tartar buildup and gum disease.

    Hair can become gray just like yours and mine!

    Sleep a lot more, play a lot less.

    May have indoor accidents, pee the bed

    May wake up with stiff joints, and get arthritis (get some Nujoint supplement if/when this happens!)

    Less of an appetite

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    Re: FAQ: What things should you expect when your pet becomes a senior?

    You pretty much have it covered Lisa. It's been a while since I've had a senior with those symptoms. The last one was Rosie, a bulldog, who died when she was 11+. The only thing with her was she could no longer jump up on our bed--we had to lift her. I guess maybe that was from arthritis, but you couldn't really tell it otherwise. Rosie died in her sleep.

    Several of my boxers have gotten cancer when they were about 10 years old. Since boxers are so prone to cancer, I am always looking for signs of cancer. Any lumps or bumps I notice are immediately checked by the vet, because mast cell tumors are very common in the breed. My most senior boxer, Suede (13 yrs), developed a heart issue as a senior. Her back legs began to lose strength, and one morning she was on the floor and couldn't walk at all.

    Another thing, although this can happen at any age when female dogs have been spayed, is leaking urine during the night. There is medicine that works quite well for that. But that symptom can get worse with age.

    My absolute oldest dog ever was a toy poodle who lived 17 years. She lost most of her eyesight, needed help to get on and off of the bed, left wet spots in the bed and sometimes peed on the floor, and slept almost all the time. Right before we had her put down, she had begun throwing up bile and then we felt it was time to let her go.

    Jeanne is a new member here who just lost a really old senior. I'll tag her, because I'm sure the senior issue is fresher in her mind.
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    Re: FAQ: What things should you expect when your pet becomes a senior?

    I think this is such an important subject, especially for those who are researching getting a pet. Everyone talks about how to get them through puppy hood, but the most important time and hardest emotionally is when they are seniors, so hard to let them go. This is fresh in my mind as my oldest girl Molly (she will be 8 in a couple of weeks) is getting lazier. She also has lost much of her eyesight due to eye ulcers she had several years ago and dry eye.

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    Re: FAQ: What things should you expect when your pet becomes a senior?

    My girl Suede (boxer) got a couple of eye ulcers when she was a senior. Her ophthalmologist told me that old dogs' eye ulcers take a long time to heal, and that was certainly true for Suede. I'm going to venture a guess because I don't remember exactly, but we went to see the eye vet every 2 weeks for 4 or 5 months. We had several kinds of drops and schedules for drops, based on her latest appointment. She never had dry eye, thank goodness, just the ulcers. Bless her heart, she was an angel, and would let me do anything to her as far as medication goes--that made it easier for me. We really didn't know what caused the ulcers.

    My first bully, Daisy, died when she was 7, which I don't consider very old. But she was a bully who's favorite activity was sleeping. I don't think I would have been able to judge if she was slowing down because of that. I swear, the most excited Daisy would get was when I'd say, "Daisy, let's go take a nap," or "are you ready for bed?"

    I hope Molly has an easy time. I think the best thing we can do is love on them a lot and make sure they are happy and comfortable. It's such a shame that our babies don't live longer!

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    Re: FAQ: What things should you expect when your pet becomes a senior?

    I know it! I think we still have a lot of time left, mainly because of all I have learned about food, supplements, and care from the forums. I think my bulldogs are so blessed that I met the awesome people on the internet that like to help a stranger with their animals like I do.

    Although sometimes, people look at me like I've lost my mind.... "you pay how much for dog food?!"

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    Re: FAQ: What things should you expect when your pet becomes a senior?

    Most senior I have had is a 9 yr old Bulldog... she did not really show much 'seniorness'

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