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Senior Dogs & Dementia

As dogs age, we observe a natural decline in their learning ability, which is generally not a problem. However, there is an increasing number of dogs exhibiting dementia-like symptoms with advancing age.

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As these dogs grow older, they may become confused, wander aimlessly, or stare blankly. Disrupted sleep patterns are also typical. Such symptoms tend to worsen and can lead to disorientation, barking or whining at night, and sometimes even incontinence. There are various products available to support these dogs and slow down the aging process, such as Hill’s b/d Ageing & Alertness – Prescription Diet – Canine, or Cholodin.


Generally speaking, a dog is considered ‘old’ when it reaches seven years of age, although this depends on the breed and size of the dog. Take a look at the table below to determine at what age your dog becomes a senior:

At what age does a dog become a senior?
Weight Age
Small breeds Up to 10kg 10 years
Medium breeds 11kg to 25kg 7 years
Large breeds More than 26kg 5-6 years