Geriatric Dogs

Your Senior Weimaraner Dog

Geratric dogs require understanding and have greater needs than young dogs.  No one likes to see his Weimaraner dog get old.  But the truth is that Weimaraners age fast, even though we’d like to slow them down.

You may want to ignore your older dog’s health issues and pretend that they don’t exist.  However, it is important to pay attention to any symptoms that your senior dog shows so that you can address his health issues.

A senior dog may start to show old dog kinds of health problems, including dog diabetes, arthritis, canine deafness or blindness.

In many cases, you can make your dog more comfortable and, you may even be able to stop the progression of a more serious illness or even reverse it.

Geriatric dogs lying on a lawn

Senior dogs still enjoy doing things with you, even after they slow down a bit.

Weimaraner Geriatric Dogs

A Weimaraner’s life expectancy is about 12 years, but a 7 year old Weim is considered to be a senior dog.

And, since many Weinheimers remain active well into their early teen years, you may not realize that your dog is getting old…

With many dogs, aging is apparent because of a graying muzzle—in a Weimaraner that may not be so obvious…

Geriatric dog with his owner at the ocean.

Your dog may not be able to hunt when he’s old, but he can still participate in some fun activities with you.

  • Dog Incontinence Products – If your dog has trouble with incontinence, there are products on the market that can help…
  • Older Dog Incontinence – Unfortunately many geriatric dogs do have trouble holding their urine. Here are some things that you can do to make things easier for both of you…
  • Senior Dog Health – As your dog gets older, he may have some health issues that need your attention…
  • Geriatric Dog Care – Geriatric dogs have different needs than puppies or young dogs. In some ways they are more tender and sensitive.
  • Heated Dog Bed – Heated dog beds can feel wonderful to dogs with sore bones and muscles. Here are some things to look for in a heated bed…
  • Hair Loss in Dog – Is hair loss just a fact of life when your dog gets old? Actually older dogs sometimes have dry skin or develop skin allergies.  These conditions can lead to hair loss.  You can sometimes reverse hair loss, using a product like Vet Recommended Dog Skin Treatment.
  • Dog Arthritis Signs – How do you know if your dog has arthritis? Slower movements and hesitation before moving are two telltale signs.  Your dog will also be slower to recover after exercise.  A product like ActivFlex can really help your Weimaraner stay active longer.
  • Dog Car Ramps – If your dog is having difficulty getting into the car, bed or boat, you might want to consider buying or making a dog car ramp for him.  This dog ramp is nice because it has an artificial grass surface that gives your dog a good grip when climbing.
  • Diabetic Dogs – What are the symptoms of canine diabetes and how does diabetes affect a dog?
  • Diabetic Dog Diet – If your dog has diabetes, you’ll need to adjust your dog’s diet to include diabetic dog food.  Consider using diabetic dog treats, as well.
  • Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs – How do you recognize that your dog is having heart problems?
  • Elevated Dog Dish – Should you consider an elevated dog dish for a Weimaraner? Weimaraners are prone to dog bloat, and elevated dog bowls can aggravate this problem.
  • Canine Deafness – Is your dog losing her hearing—or just not listening to you? How can you tell the difference?
  • Canine Blindness – How do you know if your dog is going blind or has reduced vision?
  • Dog Obesity – As dogs get older, they sometimes get fatter…
  • Is My Dog Fat – Is your dog overweight, normal or is there a medical problem?  Overweight dogs do tend to have more health problems.
  • Death of a Dog – When you lose a dog, you lose a friend. What should you do if your dog dies?

When your dog gets old, she will probably slow down and have greater needs. If you are patient and help your dog be more comfortable and help him with tasks he can no longer perform—you will still have many good times together.

Geriatric dogs, like aging people, still need our patience, love and affection…

Photo courtesy of Renee V