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Signs and Symptoms of Aging in Dogs

As dogs age, they show changes in their brains similar to people with Alzheimer's.  With these changes, dogs may show symptoms such as;

  •  Disorientation and confusion 
  • A change in how they interact with you, other people and/or animals in the home. 
  • Not sleeping well at night, or pacing around. 
  • Forgetting their house training and soiling indoors.


Senior dogs may also find everyday events more challenging than they did when they were younger, especially if their vision and hearing aren't as good as they used to be or they have difficulty moving around.

Senior dogs may not adjust as well to changes in normal daily routines and household composition.

Adaptil can help support your senior dog through these changes and challenges by creating a sense of safety and security in the environment. Here is some further advice to help your older dog cope.

Advice on How to Help Dogs Cope with Aging


Keep to a routine, as this helps your dog predict what will happen next.


Plug in an Adaptil Diffuser in the room where your dog spends the most time.


Take your dog for shorter and more frequent walks and allow sniffing and exploration (this will help them to sleep at night).


Short training or play sessions can help exercise their minds and help them concentrate.


Hide food or use activity feeders.

If you notice your dog exhibiting any of these behaviours, please see your veterinarian.  While these are common symptoms of aging in dogs, they can also be symptoms of something more serious that needs medical attention. Your vet can also provide suggestions on how to help your dog manage more severe signs of aging.