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Q: Q: When does my dog become a “senior” pet?

 

A: As dogs age, gradual changes become evident. These include greying of the hair (particularly round the muzzle), joint stiffness (especially after cold/damp spells or periods of rest) and slower reflexes. Just as with people, the senses become less sharp; and hearing, vision and sense of smell may diminish. The first signs of aging are usually a general ‘slowing down’ with decreased levels of activity and stamina and a tendency to sleep more. Such signs may manifest at as early as 5 years of age in the giant breeds, whilst small terrier breeds can remain youthful until the age of 10 or even older. 

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