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Find out more about your dogs
Doesn't it seem like only yesterday that your dog was getting ready for his first day at puppy training school? Time sure does fly.
Arthritis doesn't discriminate. It affects people and dogs of all ages. If you notice major changes in your dog's mood and activity, it could be...
Cushing's Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is a very common disorder in older dogs, and is often mistaken for the ageing process itself.
At 6-7 years, healthy dogs should still have bright clear eyes, good hearing and be lean and muscular.
As your dog gets older he is likely to become more 'settled down' which will be reflected in behaviour, especially on outings. Eventually they may become quite distant from humans and other dogs.
Dogs of 6-7 years should be on adult dog food, though a different diet is required for dogs older than this, due to a change in activity level and body tissue changes. Senior dog foods are available commercially.
At 6 or 7 years of age your dog should be having at least annual, but preferably 6-monthly check-ups. Some giant breeds may be regarded as senior at this age, so these dogs and dogs that are 8 years + will need more comprehensive and frequent checks of at least 6 months.