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Signs That Your Senior Dog is Sick

January 15, 2021

Is your canine buddy aged seven or older? If so, you may have an adorable, furry retiree on your hands. Dogs don’t all age at the same rate. Large breeds enter their senior years much faster, on average, than little pooches do. However, even little dogs get old very quickly, at least in comparison to people. As Fido ages, it’s important to know what signs of trouble you should look for. A Tipp City, OH vet lists some of them below.

Lack Of Mobility

Fido may have trouble going up and down stairs, getting in and out of the car, or—assuming he’s allowed—getting on and off beds and couches. He may also seem reluctant to Sit on command, even for a treat.


Limping is often an early sign of arthritis and/or hip dysplasia. The limp may be minor at first, but will steadily grow worse over time.

Different Gait Or Posture

Another thing to watch for is a change in the way that Fido sits. He may lean to one side or put his back legs out in an unusual way. He might stand in a way that keeps his weight off a specific leg. Your pup may also have trouble turning his head to one side or the other. Or, you may notice him holding his head down or arching his back when he is standing or walking.

Change of Appetite

Man’s Best Friend has a very healthy appetite. It’s always a concern when pets don’t feel like eating. You may also notice Fido lying down to eat or drink. This is because eating from bowls on the floor can really strain an old dog’s legs and back.

Reduced Activity

It’s normal for dogs to slow down as they age. However, if you notice a rapid decrease in your furry pal’s energy and playfulness levels, contact your vet.


Incontinence isn’t uncommon in older dogs. Fido may wet his bed and/or urinate or defecate while walking. (Dogs often feel quite embarrassed about this, so don’t reprimand your pup for it.) 


Chronic pain can make it hard for dogs to get comfortable. Fido may move around a lot, or continuously get up and down.

If you notice any of these red flags in your pup, contact us, your Tipp City, OH veterinary clinic, right away. We’re here to help!