When Is a Pug Old?

A dog is considered to be old at seven years of age. At this age, however, many pugs still look and act young. The time when old age really sets in depends on the individual pug. Some pugs are still spry at ten or fifteen years of age, while others appear to be little old ladies or men by the age of eight. Physical changes that indicate the onset of old age include the following:

  • Graying muzzle

  • Thinner coat

  • Less energy

  • Poor dental health

  • Haziness of the eye lens

  • Cataracts

  • Decreased sense of smell

  • Stiff or painful joints

  • Less tolerance of temperature extremes

  • Other signs of aging include weight gain or weight loss, changes in appetite, more frequent urination caused by excessive thirst, and poor skin condition. Some geriatric pugs sleep more or pay less attention to what's going on around them. Others develop behavioral or mental changes such as becoming fearful of storms or strangers. If your pug begins to act or look old, it's time to schedule a geriatric exam for him. Pugs are a young-at-heart breed, and they often act like puppies their entire lives. If your pug stops acting young, he may have a health problem that needs to be dealt with. Fortunately, many new diets, medications, and procedures can help ease your pug's transition to this new period of his life.

    The best ways to ensure that your pug has a long and healthy life are to give him plenty of exercise to prevent obesity, feed him a high-quality diet, provide regular veterinary care, and last but not least, give lots of love and attention.

    Your pug's nutritional needs may change, and it's a good idea for him to see the veterinarian more often to ensure that problems are caught early. Fortunately, these are good times for older dogs. Veterinary advances can help your pug stay healthy and comfortable in his golden years.

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