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Older Dog Problems
Why do dogs live such a
relatively short life span?
Every type of animal has a predetermined life span and we cannot deduce
any logical or medical rationales for the relatively short life span of
dogs. However, all dogs will reach their maximum longevity if kept in
good health. A proper diet will increase your dog's lifespan.
How does one dog react to the death of another dog in the family?
This can be very personally traumatic for a dog. Just as some dogs will
refuse to eat, and subsequently will starve to death, after the death
of their master, the emotional affinity can be exceedingly strong
between one family pet and another.
Is there any age beyond which you should not purchase a dog?
You should try to find out why the dog is being sold at an advanced
age. If he is aggressive, you likely will have a problem. But if you
are satisfied that the reasons are valid as to why the dog is being
given up, then, beyond the fact that you will have a shorter life
together, the love that passes between you will be just as strong and
meaningful as if it had been a complete life span.
Do dogs get arthritis as they get older?
Some do. Larger dogs are more prone to arthritis because of hip
dysplasia, and because of the proclivity to hip dysplasia, they also
get arthritis in the hip joints. But dogs don't have to be old to get
arthritis. Small dogs are less prone to arthritis, regardless of their
age. The general correlation does not preclude the existence of one
condition without the other; however, the two usually do go together.
Are there any kinds of parasites that would particularly affect older
If an older dog gets hookworms, it might affect him more. In general,
it all depends upon the dog's state of well-being.
Do older dogs lose their teeth as do humans?
Yes, but for slightly different reasons. Excessive tartar builds up.
This creates a bacterial climate whereby destructive agents invade the
gum and bone surfaces, causing damage or destruction to both, and
eventual tooth loss in some dogs. Machines such as the cavitron have
been used with some success in removing excess tartar from a dog's
teeth. Once the dog has bitten down on a piece of food, the outer
surfaces are not utilized very much so most of the tartar forms on the
outside of the teeth. The inner surfaces are being stimulated more by
the action of chewing and therefore remain cleaner.
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