Do you have an old dog, a companion whom you have cherished every day since you brought them home? No wonder! Our dogs have beautiful and loyal souls. They easily become a family member and find a place in our hearts forever.
Like every pet parent, you must also like to spend time with them playing, running and serving them their favourite food items. But at some point in time, this activeness declines. You begin to notice some physical as well as mental changes in them. If not today, you might start seeing these signs in the future.
The prime reason behind these changes is ageing. As our dogs age, they may show certain behaviours which were not seen before. Therefore, during such times, you need to pay special attention to your dog and their activities. To help you identify certain senior dog behaviours and the reasons behind them, we have drafted the list right here!
Behavioural changes in senior dogs due to ageing
Anxiety disorders in old dogs
The chances of experiencing anxiety disorders increase in older dogs. Especially, separation anxiety is likely to crop up in elderly dogs. The culprit behind this imbalance can be cognitive dysfunction, sensory decline or pain. Hence, it is important that you keep tabs on your dog. Try to avoid alone time or ask someone to pet sit them. This way you can comfort your pet and reduce anxiety.
Chronic pain in old dogs
Unfortunately, senior dogs are highly susceptible to body and joint pains. These may include several disorders causing pain and stiffness such as arthritis, dental disease and osteoporosis. If the painful region is touched, even unintentionally, it can trigger or worsen the chronic pain and can further lead to an increase in the stress level of your pet. And as a result, they may react violently or bark at you. To avoid this, consider the below mentioned pointers:
- Pay attention to the change in their gait.
- Reduce walking up down the stairs and jumping from heights.
- Use pet stairs to get up on the bed/furniture.
- Provide orthopedic beds.
- Avoid running and playing fetching games.
Cognitive dysfunction in old dogs
Cognitive functioning is somewhat affected by ageing as well. This is common in senior dogs. This alone can result in various behavioural changes in dogs which pet parents should be aware of to opt for the necessary solutions. Some of them are mentioned below -
- Social behaviour - You may notice less interest in social interactions, petting, greeting people or other dogs, etc. Some older dogs also show social behaviour changes like becoming overdependent and remaining in constant touch, etc.
- Spatial disorientation - Getting lost or stuck in familiar locations and going to the wrong side of the door are some potential spatial disorientation indications in elderly dogs.
- Overly active or repetitive behaviour - This may include staring, fixating or snapping on objects, excessive licking, vocalizing, wandering aimlessly, etc.
Along with these, cognitive dysfunction may lead to interrupting their sleep cycles and causing apathetic behaviour.
Consultation on behavioural changes in senior dogs at Supertails!
We are sure that when you discover the above-noted symptoms in your companion, you must want them to be resolved to have a thriving and long-lasting relationship with your pet. And, what better than consulting a vet, right? After all, veterinarians are the most experienced and specialized professionals for pets to guide you regarding pet problems, be it behavioural, physical or accidental.
We also offer such services and provide a platform for pet parents and renowned vets to interact with each other. You can explore our website and get yourself enrolled in our online vet consultation with behavioural experts to know some potential remedies to your dog’s behavioural problems.