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Health Problems Affecting Older Dogs - The average life span of a dog varies depending upon the breed. Large dogs may only live for 7 to 8 years, while small breeds can live up to the age of 16 or more. The average lifespan for a dog is about 12 years.

As in people, old age brings about certain problems, which can be managed by careful observation of the dog, health and diet management; and regular health checks by a vet.

Older dogs usually wish to sleep for longer, and will not be as playful as younger dogs; they will also be more averse to taking exercise.

The dogs hair will start to turn grey and they should not be subjected to extremes of temperature, you should not put your dog out at night, particularly in winter.

Do not make your dog sleep on cold surfaces such as concrete. Its appetite may change, and the dog may find certain foods more difficult to digest. There are foods specially prepared for older dogs, and you should ask your vets advice as to the best foods to give it.

This section describes the some of the more common problems that can affect older dogs including arthritis, problems affecting the coat and claws, deafness, heart disease, incontinence, kidney failure, liver problems, obesity, senility and tooth decay.

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