Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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I'm here, Dave! I think all of the above i.e., slowing down, vision and hearing issues, skin tags and sleeping a lot more all go along with the aging process, just as is the case with humans. In Tyler's case, he hasn't lost any teeth to old age. He's still interested in eating and in treats and his weight has been steady at 12.6 lbs for almost two years. I mention this because weight loss is another issue in the aged dog. It can be very hard to keep weight on them. Going for walks is another thing that really doesn't interest him, although he still works out on his treadmill every day and does very well on it. He still tries to run, but I've noticed a slight limp in his front leg when he picks up the pace, although he doesn't wince in pain and just keeps on running. I'm sure he has a touch of arthritis, but probably isn't bothered by it because he's been on Cosequin for years and rather than the maintenance dose, I've kept him on the initial dose of one tablet per day for the past four years. He also tries to dance for his treats and will fall over as I'm sure his back legs are a bit weak. I feel that he has a touch of doggie dementia, getting stuck under chairs, going into a room and looking as if to say, "why did I come in here", although I can relate to that one! His vet thinks it's due to his vision and hearing issues, however, and not dementia as he shows no signs when in her office. His bladder is also not as strong as it used to be and if we are out longer than usual, he will have an accident. Although he still knows enough to go to the door when he has to go out, we are not always in the room and he doesn't bark, so we are treating him like a puppy now, taking him out after he wakes up, eats, etc. and it works. I think the one factor that has contributed big time to Tyler's aging recently was his bout with vestibular disease last summer. Although he recovered from the initial symptoms right away, I feel as though there has been some residual effects on his neurological system. Other than all of the above, he is a trooper and keeps on going, just like that little pink bunny. Yesterday he went to his old rehab facility for a nail clip and to social with his two Golden buddies, one of whom is expecting a litter next week. They were very happy to see him, as he was them. It's really cute to watch, as he walks right under them.
In light of all of this, I consider all the dogs mentioned in these posts to be young in comparison to my almost 18 yo, Tyler.
Mary (miss you, Bailey-1996-2011 and Tyler-1997-2015)