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Adaptability As Your Dog Ages
It is not uncommon to find the
older dog less adaptable to changes in diet, routine, or environment.
For example, my dog always loved riding in the car, bouncing about with
a sense of excitement. He never missed a thing that passed by; now that
he is older he prefers to lie quietly on the seat snuggled up against
me or else on the floor. He may even get an occasional upset stomach
and throw up while riding.
The muscles of most aged mammals lose much of their strength and
actually decrease in size with each advancing year. This is a normal
part of the aging process and is to be expected. However, there are two
as yet poorly understood muscle disorders which at first may look like
normal aging weakness.
Polymyositis occurs mostly in late middle age and early old age, the
most common of its several possible causes appearing to be a defect in
the dog's immune mechanism. Treatment with corticosteroids is quite
successful despite the often alarming appearance of the dog.
Occasionally the muscles of the esophagus are affected, making
swallowing difficult, but even these respond.
Muscular dystrophy, the second disorder, occurs mainly in older dogs,
bears some similarity to muscular dystrophy in people, and has a cause
as yet unknown. Affected dogs develop a stiff gait as the muscles
become progressively weaker and smaller in size. There is nothing we
know of which will stop the deterioration or cure the disease.
Treatment is palliative, trying to keep the patient as comfortable as
possible, and is based on your dog's individual symptoms.
If you find that he has thrown up small amounts of yellowish-green
stomach fluid due to the increased acidity of a stomach which contains
no food, leaving a small amount of dry food when you go out may solve
this upset. You may find that your aging dog's mobility will improve
for a while especially if you have guests, but then preferring to be by
himself in a quieter part of the house. By understanding these dog
health problems you will be able to make your dog content in his old
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