Introduction to Ageing: Dogs, like humans, are living longer than ever before. In the wild, dogs would have died young, as soon as they were no longer able to find their own food and defend themselves against predators. As our companions, they are living to a great age. Mental and physical changes occur slowly over this time.
In this article, I am going to outline some of the major physiological changes that occur, some ways in which we as caregivers can help them, some of the illnesses that affect older age groups, and some therapies that may be helpful.
Physiological Changes in Ageing: The nervous system: Messages travel down the nerve fibres of a dog in its …