Age advances for everything. All living beings are born, develop, age and die. Animals are no exception.
Aging is a natural, complex and inevitable process that increasingly affects the metabolic processes of the body. When a person ages, we can easily notice it since there are specific physical and motor characteristics that indicate it. Some of them are white hair, wrinkles, loss of mobility and more. However, checking that a dog is aging is a little more complicated.
If you have a Vizsla, it is important that you know the most common signs to identify the aging of your pet. It is vital because many dog owners are unaware of this situation and consequently cannot help their dogs to live more comfortably.
Below, you will see the ten most common signs of aging so you can learn to identify them when your Vizsla passes that stage of its life.
As humans age, our hair begins to turn white or gray. That is a clear indication that we are approaching an advanced age. This situation occurs in the same way in our dogs.
Unless a dog has white fur, the color change should be noticeable in any other canine. The Vizslas have very distinctive reddish-gold hair. Therefore, you should have no problem identifying a color change when it is aging.
Generally, not all of our pet’s coat turns gray. We must bear in mind that some parts of the body are more likely to change color, such as the face or legs.
Weight gain is a common aspect of all dogs. It may be due to poor diet or simply because your canine is aging. As we all know, the Vizslas are athletic animals that are characterized by their high level of physical activity. Therefore, if you notice that your dog is gaining weight, then that may be a clear indication of its aging.
As our dog ages, fat deposits begin to form from muscle mass. It means that when losing muscle mass, the dog’s mobility is affected, causing more significant weight gain.
If you notice that your Vizsla has lost mobility, it certainly means that something is happening to it. Vizslas are very active and sometimes hyperactive. If this type of dog begins to lose mobility, it may be due to illness or aging.
Decreased mobility of a dog is common during the aging process of these animals. They begin to present problems related to joints such as arthritis.
Dogs have certain similarities to humans in terms of their physiology. As a person ages, their teeth begin to present problems. The same is true for dogs.
During the aging of our Vizsla, it is likely that it begins to present dental diseases either in the form of inflammation or infection. It can lead to tooth loss and gum damage, causing your Vizsla to have pain when chewing. It is vital that throughout the life of your pet, you take care of its teeth to prevent this situation in the future.
It is common that when a dog ages, it stops following orders from its owners. That does not mean that your Vizsla is behaving insubordinately, much less this type of dog.
If you notice that your canine is not coming towards you when you call it, it is likely having hearing problems caused by old age. If that happens, you should be careful when dealing with it to avoid scaring it.
It is rare to see this situation in Vizslas because they are very active dogs. However, this situation is normal in both people and animals.
If your Vizsla is getting older, it is normal for it to stop wanting to do the activities it used to do at some point in its life. Many times, you will notice that your dog is sleeping more than usual. In these cases, it is advisable to take it to a veterinarian to rule out any condition or disease.
As the years go by, dogs’ eyes begin to cloud (nuclear sclerosis). This sign is quite common in any type of dog as it ages. Therefore, you must get used to it and know how to handle that situation when it occurs.
Intestinal Transit Problems
It is another common sign of aging in dogs. During this stage, the intestinal transit of a canine becomes slower, often causing constipation and diarrhea. The intestine begins to work with little efficiency affecting the digestive system in general. You can prevent that from happening to your Vizsla by providing it with a balanced diet.
The Appearance of Dangerous Lumps
The appearance of lumps on your dog’s skin can be a symptom during its aging. Unfortunately, some of these lumps can be cancerous, which is very dangerous. Many dog owners are concerned about this situation, and that is why it is necessary to take them to a vet to act quickly.
We must bear in mind that these lumps can be difficult to find in canines with long hair. However, you may be able to quickly spot them on a Vizsla thanks to their short fur.
It is one of the most noticeable signs of aging that you can find in your Vizsla. It is true that most dogs do not usually have pleasant breath, and many times it is due to poor dental care given by their owners. However, if you notice that your dog’s breath is more unpleasant than usual, then you should take it to a vet to see what is happening.
Often, this situation may simply be due to oral disease, but you should ignore the fact that it is a clear sign of aging in dogs.
The aging of your Vizsla will be inevitable, and you should get used to it when the time comes. However, you can prevent any of the above signs if you provide your pet with adequate care throughout its life.