These days, dogs are living longer just like their owners...Thanks to improved diet and medical awareness, an average dog's life span has increased considerably. This life span has almost doubled compared to 30 years ago (subject to size and breed of dog.) Many transferable canine diseases as well as illnesses caused by parasites have been eliminated due to advanced veterinary studies and regular vaccinations and check ups.
Unfortunately, like older humans, senior dogs tend to develop joint pain, digestion problems or cancer. And of course, if dogs overeat and do not exercise enough, they can face serious consequences. Some older dogs can suffer from uncontrolled toilet problems, blindness, and even dimentia. Bottom line: vets recommend a healthy diet, plenty of exercise, and regular yearly checkups. Care and understanding is needed as your beloved pet ages.