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Home > Pet Wiki > Dog  >  Ages  >  Senior  >  Dog Advice and FAQ

Becoming a senior dog

You'll notice when your dog is getting on a bit when they become a bit slower, their coat might become a bit scruffy and they might start becoming less interested in that mailman going past the driveway.

Did you know dogs are classed as senior at just 7 years of age?

Like humans, as dogs get older they experience lots of changes in their senses, appearance and behaviour. Being aware of changes your dog may go through can help the transition and make sure they are getting the most out of their golden years.

Common symptoms your dog may experience as they get older:

  • Slowing down
  • Weight/muscle loss (or gain!)
  • Scruffy coat - because it's harder for them to groom
  • Sleeping more - and funny sleep patterns
  • Loss of senses
  • Less interested in food

When your dog gets much much older they may also start to have accidents in funny places, along with behaviour changes which can be symptoms of other issues. If you see any odd changes in their behaviour or appearance, regular vet checks are the best way to keep an eye on their ageing body.