Lhasa Apso Old Age Symptoms, What are they and how to treat them


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Having owned a Lhasa Apso for 17 years I believe I can help you understand what these symptoms are. How you can look out for them, and how to treat them when they appear.

As Lhasa Apsos advance in age, they start to get old age symptoms. What are they and how do you treat them. You might be aware of some of these symptoms. There might be some listed below that you are unaware of. Preparing yourself to handle these symptoms as and when they arise will make you more confident as a Lhasa Apso owner.

I am not an animal doctor, although I do have the experience of seeing my Lhasa Apso reach 17 years. Now his old age symptoms are slowly taking over his body, I will share with you now what I have learned and how I have cared for him.

Preface

Well, I am definitely not a young buck anymore, maybe I should be classed as a worn-out Bull!  Having passed the retirement age, my body aches all over nowadays. Needing glasses to see, some medication to keep hypertension in place and some arthritis going through my joints. I’m sure my old age symptoms are beginning to show.

Lucky my Lhasa Apso I have had since he was 1 year old, we’ve been together 16 years. With ups and downs in his health that were thankfully nothing dangerous. Now at 17 years old he has been showing signs of these old age symptoms that our Lhasa Apsos get. Firstly we can look at a comparison of dog years against the equivalent human years. Lucky now being 17 years old his equivalent human years are 84 years old.

How Old can Lhasa Apsos Become

Check the list below to see how old your Lhasa Apso would be if he was a human.

   Dog   =   Human

  1.            7
  2.          13
  3.         20
  4.         26
  5.         33
  6.         40
  7.         44
  8.         48
  9.         52
  10.         56
  11.         60
  12.         64
  13.         68
  14.         72
  15.         76
  16.         80
  17.         84
  18.         90
  19.         94
  20.         98

Being a Lhasa Apso owner you will know that small dogs live longer lives than larger dogs. The oldest Lhasa Apso on record lived to the ripe old age of 29 which would have made him the equivalent in human years of 134 years old.

Lhasa Apsos in healthy conditions on average lives between 14 and 16 years old,  as we see above exceptional cases exist. My own Lhasa Apso is almost 17 years old taking him just over the average. Hopefully, I will have him for a few more years despite his old age symptoms.

In the meantime, I am preparing myself for that day when Lucky will eventually cross the Rainbow Bridge. It is going to be hard to except. If you are in the same situation as me and need to prepare for that day, I wrote a post that will help you to prepare for that day. You can read it here.

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An Old Dog

Symptoms to Look For

  1. Weight increase
  2. Slowing down
  3. Sleeping more
  4. Cloudy eyes
  5. Not responding to you
  6. Incontinence
  7. Deteriorating coat
  8. Lumps appearing on the body
  9. Bad breath
  10. Difficulty when getting up
  11. Memory loss
  12. Reduced appetite
  13. Changes in character
  14. Losing balance
  15. Muscle spasms
  16. Sadness
  17. Drinking more

1 Weight Increase

As we get older we tend to exercise less, maybe you are retired like me and spend more time at home on the computer or watching TV. Our doctors advise us continually that we must spend time exercising outside, at least a 30-minute walk each day to keep our joints mobile, with huge benefits for our hearts and lungs. not forgetting our articulations.

As your Lhasa Apso gets older their activity level will drop. If you are still feeding them with the same quantity of the food as when they were young and active their weight could increase. A good way of weighing your Lhasa Apso is after you weigh yourself, then pick up your Lhasa Apso and hold them in your arms, stand on the balance again and there you will see a new weight, deduct the first weight from this new weight and you will have the weight of your Lhasa Apso.


The Remedy

As they get older they are going to need less energy food and I recommend that you should be choosing food for aging or senior dogs, depending on your dog’s age. My Lhasa Apso, who is 17 years old is on dry food for senior dogs.

Every half-pound in weight that your Lhasa Apso gains are going to put more pressure and load on his bone structure and muscles. Keeping a watchful eye on your Lhasa Apsos weight is primordial as they get older. Just as our doctors advise us to exercise on a regular basis, then I recommend you take your aging Lhasa Apso for short regular walks.  This will be a double winner for you and for your Lhasa Apso.

As you progress on your joint exercise program do keep an eye on your dogs condition. If you notice they are suffering then take a rest for a few minutes, allow your Lhasa Apso to recuperate before attacking the rest of your walk together.

2 Slowing Down

I know as my age has increased I find my walking pace slower now than it was when I was middle-aged. Although I think I am still in my thirties and forties my body is beginning to tell me otherwise. I find myself breathing harder after doing less exercise and feel my heart beating harder for less energy output. These symptoms I have accepted as I become older.

I have noticed in my Lhasa Apso over the last 5 years that he tends to play less and does much less running around now,  obviously his age is beginning to tell on him.

My vet has told me Lucky has a strong heart and this is allowing him to do his crazy running around for 10 minutes. As your Lhasa Apso passes 12 years old do keep a watchful eye on them to determine if they are becoming slower in their activities, if you do notice a reduction in there speed then this is what I think will help.

The Remedy

If whilst exercising with your Lhasa Apso and you have noticed a reduction in their liveliness and energy whilst running around then you must adjust the exercise that you are giving them.

Adjust the amount of time you take your Lhasa Apso for walks, maybe half the time that you used to regularly walk. If you’re in the park and you are able to throw a ball or a stick then don’t throw it so far, give your little pet the chance to rest during this playtime. Remember their hearts are becoming weaker, even if they give you the impression that they are Indestructible little dogs.

3 Sleeping More

I for one do enjoy a siesta in the afternoon nowadays. I think it’s my right after working for almost  51 years in physical jobs. (that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it) As the years accumulate our bodies tend to need a bit more rest, and this is true for our Lhasa Apsos. If your Lhasa Apso sleeps a lot more than usual it is of course because they’re getting a bit older and need that extra rest.

I have seen my own Lhasa Apso Lucky sleeping for very long periods now he is 17 years old. When I see him like this it reminds me of people in pension houses or old people’s homes, they sleep most of the day poor folk.

When they are young Lhasa Apso puppies use up so much energy will also need more time to sleep. But we’re talking about older dogs. Most dogs sleep a lot during the day, up to 12 to 14 hours in a 24-hour cycle! I’m sure if you look at your Lhasa Apso right now he’s having a little siesta somewhere or is just waking up. We can assume that a dog in later years will be sleeping 14 to 16 hours or more in a 24-hour cycle. The difference between dogs and humans is that we tend to sleep all night and stay awake all day but our dogs sleep day and night in shorter periods

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Old sleepy Lhasa Apso


The remedies

I cannot give much advice as to what to do on this subject. It is natural for your older Lhasa Apso to sleep so make sure they comfortable With a nice comfortable bed. Let them sleep as much as they need. Although we love to see our pets resting there is an error that we could let them sleep too much. One reason why your dog could possibly be sleeping more is that they have arthritis. With their aching bones, weaker muscles and arthritis these three conditions will make them want to sleep more.

Another problem could be hypothyroidism, which can affect our are middle-aged to Lhasa Apsos. The thyroid hormones decrease with age When there are reduced amounts of thyroid hormones in your dog’s blood then they will sleep more. When they are awake they will be slow in their actions. Becoming overweight is another problem with a reduction in thyroid hormones.

4 Cloudy Eyes

I have to wear glasses now because my eyesight has deteriorated. Lhasa Apsos will as their age increases get cloudy eyes or blue eyes. This eye problem is called nuclear sclerosis, or lenticular sclerosis. This condition can also be seen in horses and humans.

The good news is that this condition is not painful for our dogs. Nuclear sclerosis is a slow process and our dogs will adapt as their eyesight becomes less, I can vouch for this with my own Lhasa Apso who can only see shadows and outlines now. Sometimes he even bark’s at me because he sees a shadow or an outline and doesn’t recognize me anymore.

If you notice your dog’s cloudy eyes have a blue aspect to them, then this is caused by cataracts. Normally this may take many years to develop, but in some rare cases, cataracts can start and cause blindness within a few weeks.

One more illness in the eyes is called glaucoma which also causes cloudy eyes. This can be a hereditary disease. A build-up of pressure in the dog’s eyes caused by a fluid that isn’t drained properly. Causing the eye to swell and eventual blindness.

The Remedy

The conditions outlined above are natural with the onset of old age. If you notice your Lhasa Apso eyes becoming cloudy or blue do go and consult your veterinarian to get his or her expert advice and determine if medical treatment is required. Mostly these cloudy or blue eyes are harmless and adults dogs will adapt over time, the dogs relying on their superior sense of smell to find their way around. I am amazed how Lucky who cannot see hardly anything now still knows his way around nearly 2 hectares of grounds and still finds his way home.

5 Not Responding to You

Trying to get our dogs to respond when they were puppies was difficult enough, but we persevered with the training and up until they reached old age they have always responded to our commands. Now that old age has caught up with them they start to respond less. There are several reasons why our pets do not respond.

The first and most logical reason will be that their hearing has diminished. Slowly as the years accumulate they hear nothing. I’m sure they would still love to obey your commands but just cannot hear your voice anymore.

Another problem your dog may have that will stop them responding to your call might be they have arthritis, they ache all over and don’t particularly want to move. Finally and sadly it could be canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome. This is common in aging dogs, their memories deteriorate and although they might hear you they do not understand your commands and carry on in their own little world.

The Remedy

Taking the last problem first, dementia, sadly there is no cure or anything you or your veterinaire could do to stop it’s progression this is only going to get worse as time goes on.

After a visit to your veterinarian who has ruled out dementia in your Lhasa Apso then the cause is certainly their hearing is affected or they have arthritis.

One way to determine whether it is their hearing or arthritis is to call their name and see if they respond, maybe there is a lift-up of their ears,  their head-turning towards you, these would be signs that they have heard you but because of the pain they don’t want to come towards you. After calling their name, if they do not move their head or their ears or wag their tail then they just have not heard you and have impaired hearing. To give Lucky praise when it is due I now pick him up and talk directly into his ears hoping he hears something now.

6 Incontinence

As time goes by and your Lhasa Apso starts getting older this problem will no doubt be a concern for you. This is involuntary on your dog’s behalf. More commonly seen in neutered females of our pets it can also affect unneutered Lhasa Apsos. As our beloved pet’s become older they are prone to get different types of diseases, becoming senile they perhaps do not realize that they are passing urine.

Some of the signs to be looking out for are wet patches on their bedding, their rear legs or tummy if a male having wet hair. You might notice they are licking around their private areas more often. Check this area to see if the urine is burning their skin because of its acidity. Finally, there will be a strong odor of urine in the bedding and on your dog.


The Remedy

When you see the first signs of incontinence then I suggest a visit to your veterinarian for a control to make sure there are not any problems around the bladder area or infections.  Only then will your veterinaire prescribe treatment to help control this incontinence. To help at home use special bedding that absorbs the urine, just like babies nappies do, this will reduce any burning or scalding of the skin of your pet.

Regular washing of your dog’s rear legs and tummy will also help reduce burning or scalding from the urine. Encourage your dog to go outside more often to pass urine.  I would suggest not to reduce their water intake, excessive drinking does not cause incontinence.

Expect to see results within a couple of weeks if your veterinarian has prescribed medication to help in this problem of incontinence.

7 Deteriorating Coat

As I have got older I have noticed my hair becoming thinner and the greyer, much to my dismay. You may have noticed as your Lhasa Apso is aging, around the muzzle the hairs turning grey.  Check the quality of their hair and any signs that may alert you to take action, this could be shedding more hair than normal, matting.

The Remedy

When our dogs are advancing in age they are less active, with decreased muscle form and maybe arthritis they are going to be restricted in their ability to bend, scratch or bite areas that are causing itchiness to them. To help them overcome their reduced mobility daily brushing will be beneficial for them.

You will be doing the scratching for then and I am sure as they appreciate this they will let you know in their body actions. At the same time, you are brushing take a good look as this is the opportunity to check their skin condition.

As we become older our skin becomes fragile and sensitive and this is the same for your Lhasa Apso be careful with the brushes and combs that you use on a senior dog and of course always brush more gently. A soft bristle brush I suggest is one like this.

8 Lumps Appearing on the Body

Lumps appearing on the body of your Lhasa Apso are usual with old age and normally nothing at all to worry about. When you’re sitting down and having a quiet time with your dog, having a slow stroke and suddenly, your hand comes across a lump. You immediately become really worried thinking it’s a cancerous growth. Thankfully most of these lumps are non-cancerous and are just fatty tumors with nothing to worry about. Even so, it’s still best to check this out with your veterinarian. After the visit, you will be more at ease, if it is a cancerous growth you’ve got it at an early stage, and have the chance of treating it before it becomes dangerous.

These lumps are called lipoma or to ordinary people like you and me, fatty tumors, as our Lhasa Apsos age these are a natural part of the aging process. Sometimes if they are in areas that could restrict the movements of your pet then again consult your veterinarian for a solution. Some of these lipoma lumps can enter the tissue of the muscles and might have to be removed.

The lipoma that we should fear is called liposarcoma, these are malignant and may spread into organs and even your dog’s bone system.  Hence the reason to continually check your dog’s skin when brushing or giving a cuddle, although these liposarcomas can develop they are rare.

The Remedies

If you have found some of these lipoma lumps or fatty tumors then, of course, you must go and consult your veterinarian who will take a smaller sample and do a check with a microscope where he might be able to determine the severity of the tumor. Failing this your veterinarian will send a small piece of the lump to a laboratory to be analyzed by a specialist.

Once you receive the result and let’s pray that a lump is benign then there is no reason to have it removed, unless stated above it’s in a place which would restrict your pets movements.

If the diagnosis confirms the lump is cancerous then surgery, chemotherapy or even radiation may be necessary and in some cases all three techniques will be used. As a final note to this particular old age problem with are Lhasa Apsos the good news is most of these lumps are not dangerous.

9 Bad Breath

As humans, we are lucky, after eating we normally go to the bathroom to brush our teeth and clean the food debris leftovers in our mouths and on our teeth, which helps to freshen up our breath.

Now our Lhasa Apso pets do not have this instinct to clean their teeth, food remains stuck in between their teeth which decomposes and gives them bad breath. Your sweet Lhasa Apso is a breed of dog that enjoys licking, kissing and being very close to their master,  oh but what horror if they have bad breath.

Bad breath in a dog could be an alert to a health problem that you must investigate further. Bad breath is mostly caused by bad oral hygiene just as it would be with humans. A buildup of plaque and tartar on their teeth is a breeding ground for bacteria.  If this tartar and plaque go unattended it can cause periodontal disease where the gums retract away from the teeth, this is where the bacteria will increase, eventually causing infections and breakdown of tissue, even losing teeth. This is the main reason why dogs have bad breath.


Another disgusting habit that dogs seem to enjoy which we find gross, is they enjoy rummaging in old garbage sacks, going as far as eating cat poop, they will sometimes eat their own or other dogs poop, obviously, this will cause bad breath and make us sick at the same time just thinking about it.

If there is a sweet smell around your dog’s bad breath this could well be the symptoms of diabetes, which of course is treatable but a serious condition.

Sometimes your dog’s bad breath might smell like urine, this is not the result of your dog drinking urine. An odor of urine in your dog’s bad breath is something you must not overlook, this is probably a sign of kidney disease and you must visit your veterinarian urgently.

Lhasa Apsos that are being sick and their breath smells absolutely vile should alert you!!  this could be a sign that they have liver problems. Again urgent consultation with your veterinarian.

The remedy

The first thing I advise you to adopt in your daily routine with your Lhasa Apso is at least once a day to clean their teeth. You can find in pet shops toothbrushes for dogs and even small finger brushes that we put on our own fingers and brush the dog’s teeth. I personally have a small toothbrush with a chicken-flavored toothpaste for Lucky. This takes time and patience, eventually, your pet will allow you to do this operation.

I also have chew sticks which I give to Lucky after his meals, he lays down and chews away, quietly cleaning his teeth at the same time. You may also add toys that they can chew on, also helping to keep plaque and tartar off their teeth.

Our small Lhasa Apsos are prone to losing teeth, their teeth are closer together where plaque and tartar can build up easier than with larger breed dogs. What you feed your pet is also a determining factor concerning bad breath.  Lucky has dry meal biscuits, occasionally he will have some chicken and greens from our meals.

Just as we can rinse our mouths with oral mouthwashes, these are now available for our dogs in the form of water additives, adding small amounts to their drinking water.  Apart from the dog’s tooth paste, they are special dental health diets that can be purchased to help combat your dog’s bad breath.

10 Difficulty When Getting Up and Moving

If I was a dog I would be twelve and a half years old, I just put this in so that you go back up to the top of this post and see how old I am in human years. I now have difficulty standing up from a sitting down position. If your dog is around this age and you have noticed that getting up from a lying down position is difficult. They are likely suffering from arthritis which does not differentiate between four-legged and two-legged beings.

Arthritis though is not the only health issue that could create this difficulty when your dog wants to get up from a lying down position. Degeneration of nerves is another cause along with a weakness in their muscles or the muscle mass becomes less.

If your dog has not reached an age where they can be classed as old, then other medical problems could be the cause of this difficulty. Your dog may be experiencing pain that has nothing in common with their muscles bones or joints. Pain could be coming from inside their abdomen, they may have some form of inflammation in one of there organs. The liver or spleen for example.

If your Lhasa Apso hasn’t reached an old age yet and are experiencing difficulty getting up check their claws, if their claws are too long these can make it difficult when getting up. Lung and heart disease can also create mobility problems.

Regular visits to your veterinarian are important, they will be able to determine what the causes are and will prescribe the correct medication or treatment necessary for your pet.

The Remedy

What can you do to help make life a little easier for your Lhasa Apso that has arthritis? If your home has tiled floors with no rugs or carpets it would be helpful for your dog if you were to place some rugs on these slippery tiled floors. There are under mats that are anti-skid/slip which you could incorporate under your carpets or rugs where your pet walks regularly. That will be preventing any unforeseen accidents. My Lhasa Apso sleep’s on the foot of my bed, in the mornings I always help him down so that he does not have to jump and hurt his joints.

It is difficult to see our pets in pain so we should try and ensure they are comfortable and in the best health possible. Keeping the temperature in the room or where their cage is kept at a comfortable temperature. A dog that is overweight will suffer more than a dog of correct weight suffering from arthritis, Check their weight, keeping it to the recommended weight.

Talking of comfort, make sure their bedding is nice and soft for them.  Arthritis in the neck will make it difficult to lower the head to their food bowl, Using a stand to raise up the food bowl closer to the level of their mouth will assistant enormously.

Finally, there are medications to alleviate their suffering and pain in the joints. Do check with your veterinarian so that they can advise you and prescribe the correct dosage for your pet. Personally I take Omega 3 capsules every morning,  and it’s possible you can give special pet capsules for your Lhasa Apso as well.

11 Memory Loss

Have you noticed strange behaviors in your dog lately?  Have you seen your dog getting lost in the house, do they seem to be eating less, does your dog bark for no reason, and when you come home from work, is there is a lack of interest in your arrival? All these changes in their behavior are sure signs they are getting older and losing their memory.

Now your dog is aging, when you see these signs you may be asking yourself is my dog getting Alzheimer’s disease?  Is it possible for dogs to get Alzheimer’s? In the animal world it will be called senior dementia, basically the same as Alzheimer’s. Now let’s look at some of the signs to look out for.

Cognitive dysfunction syndrome in dogs can be observed by seeing your dog standing by the door, waiting and wondering why it is not opening, standing in the corner of a room looking at the wall not knowing what to do next. Is your Lhasa Apso anxious? Do you see them walking backward and forwards around the house not knowing what they’re doing? Are they having toilet accidents in the house?

Does your  Lhasa Apso bark for no reason at all?  When your family members arrive does your pet recognize them still?  has your little bundle of joy started to lose their appetite? have they forgotten to eat today?

All of these symptoms stated above are definite signs of old age in your dog and the onset of cognitive dysfunction syndrome.

The Remedy

As you see these abnormalities appearing in your dog it would be a good idea to try and keep a log of what’s happening, the duration. Armed with this information you must go and see your veterinarian and discuss the problem to rule out any medical diseases first.

If senior dementia has been diagnosed by your veterinarian he may prescribe medication that will be helpful in treating your pet, one medication is called Anipyryl. To help reduce senior dementia anxiety some dogs are aided with DAP. A memory stimulating mat would help your dog’s memory.

As we see our parents increase in age sadly some of them will get Alzheimer’s disease and there is nothing we can do. This also applies to our Lhasa Apsos. All we can do is to try and make their last year’s with us as comfortable as possible.


12 Reduced Appetite

As age increases your Lhasa Apso could have difficulty digesting their food, they have been on the same diet most of their lives, which pleased them and did not create any digestive problems.  My Lhasa Apso lucky who is now 17 is on senior dry dog food which seems to suit him very well. With his senior age, he now burns off less energy, becoming slower in everything he does. Before you change their regular food diet always consult your veterinarian for their advice.

The Remedy

Once your veterinaire has ruled out any digestive medical problems it’s time to change to senior dog food that is specially formulated. Normally having increased fiber content these specially formulated dry foods are beneficial for their digestive tract and stomach. Introduce slowly this changeover period for 4 to 5 days. Gradually reducing the old food compound and increasing your new senior formulated food, so their stomach and intestines adapt slowly to this change.

A good idea to help your dog accept this new change of food is to add a little chicken stock/broth on the dry meal, or mixing in a little portion of tinned dog food.

For a special treat once a week you may try cooking a special meal for your Lhasa Apso.  Chicken is the best meat for our dogs, it is best to boil some chicken breast, along with boiled rice, adding some stock/ broth. Alternatively, you could boil barley with pieces of lamb included. Do not do this more than once a week.

13 Changes in Character

The physical changes in a Lhasa Apso as they get older is just one of the signs that we can see. You should prepare yourself for changes in their character as well. Signs you should be looking out for maybe anxiety, aggression, becoming destructive, fear, also they may become hypersensitive.

One of the symptoms that I can associate with my Lhasa Apso Lucky is restlessness at night. Sometimes in the middle of the night for no reason, in particular, he will get up and walk around, totally lost and scared. No amount of my comforting reassured him. It takes time, eventually, he will settle back down.

If your Lhasa Apso was anxious as a puppy and as they grew into an adult, they will more than likely show increasingly more anxiety problems as their age increases.

With their old age comes a reduction in eyesight, hearing, and sense of smell. Losing these faculties could result in your Lhasa Apso becoming aggressive without any provocation.

Old dogs can become destructive, destroying things around them in their frustration. There is a thing called (pica) which means eating objects that are non-food. Your sweet little Lhasa Apso might take a liking for your furniture and start to chew it. Others could start to chew on their own bodies or humans. Another problem in the destructive group is they scratch or start digging.

Lucky has become fearful in his old age and will bark at guests arriving at the home, but will do it standing behind me. Just to be reassured for himself.

The remedies

As you notice these symptoms of character changes you should carry out the remedies gently.  For example, if you went jogging with your dog, now just leisurely walks. Help stimulate your Lhasa Apso by continuing to socialize with other animals and people. To help stimulate their minds you could try some fun games together with rewards at the end.

Communication with your pet can be difficult if their hearing is impaired.  Don’t shout at them because they may think you are telling them off.  I suggest that you talk closely and softly into their ears, I do this with Lucky, not really knowing if he can still hear anything at all,  but it is better than raising my voice.

14 Losing Balance

Ageing Lhasa Apsos could be losing their balance for many reasons. These reasons can vary and they are signs that your dog may have a severe illness. Has your dog had a stroke, do they have a tumor, an ear infection or vestibular syndrome? These conditions are more likely the cause of why your dog is losing its balance. Any problem or infection within the inner ear can affect their balance. Doe’s your Lhasa Apso has a history of ear infections? Now they are getting older you should be keeping a very close watch on the cleanliness of their ears, to prevent infections occurring.

The main symptom is staggering, maybe a sudden fall and their ability to stay balanced. If you noticed rapid eye movement, tilting the head to one side, shaking their head or even being sick.  These signs should alert you to a serious problem, and you must seek your veterinarian’s advice.

The Remedies

After seeking your veterinarian’s advice and diagnosis you will need to take action. A stroke that your Lhasa Apso may have had, unfortunately, there are not many treatments available.

Brain cancer can cause a lack of balance just as much as any infections or even a growth inside the inner ear,  do have your pet take an X-ray to determine if either of these are the probable causes of your dog’s balance.

I noticed once in my Lhasa Apso when he walked he would put his ear on the floor as if to scrape it with his ear. After taking him to my vet, to my surprise the vet pulled out from his ear a dard of grass which was slowly working its way inside Lucky’s inner ear, fortunately, I acted in time before irreparable damage was done.

As always keep an eye on your Lhasa Apsos condition, if you notice that they start to lose their balance, I would advise you to take them straight away to your veterinarian for a complete examination to determine the cause.

Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are little twitches that can result from overexertion and injury or even brain damage. Although spasms can be painful they are not dangerous. Muscle spasms can also occur if your Lhasa Apso has a trapped nerve, slipped disc or muscle damage. These spasms can be detected as movements underneath the skin and you should visit your veterinarian who will be able to diagnose the causes.

The Remedy

Just as we need fluid when we exercise, our Lhasa Apsos need to be hydrated which will help reduce these muscle spasms. When your pet has a muscle spasm you can give relief by giving them a massage to the affected muscle area. Heat and cold can also be used as a solution to help relieve any pain and discomfort related to these spasms. Ice in a plastic food bag, wrapped around a towel can be placed on the affected area. Using a hot towel can also reduce muscle spasms. You may need massage therapy on the muscle. Good quality gloves like these will give your dog a great massage. If the root cause is a trapped nerve and massage or physical therapy has not worked, surgery may be the only answer to bring your Lhasa Apso some relief.


Sadness

Our Lhasa Apsos are so comical and almost human-like, just like us they are emotional too. Their sadness is just another way in which they communicate their feelings towards us. Dogs can become sad if they lose a furry companion, or the owner dies. Changing to a new home or being on their own can create sadness. Maybe their food does not please them, or they have some problems with their health, being ill can also make them sad.

The remedy

When we have human friends that are going through a sad time, we do our best to comfort them. We should do exactly the same for a fury loved ones, although we cannot talk to find the problem a good owner will be able to discern the reason why their pet is sad and take appropriate action to cheer them up.

Drinking More

Is your Lhasa Apso drinking more water as their age increases?  this could be a sign of a health condition in your pet that needs to be controlled by your veterinarian. With this increase in water intake there will, of course, be an important urination increase. The normal amount of water intake per day for our dogs will be around 1 ounce of water for each pound in weight. A dog weighing in at around 10 lb in weight will need roughly one cup of water per day.

 

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Lhasa Apso drinking

The Remedy

Is your pet drinking more because they are dehydrated if you are living in a hot country.  This can be dangerous and you should check for signs of dehydration. An example that you can do at home to determine if your dog is dehydrated he’s too grab a handful of fur on the back of their neck and pull it up. Now let go and if the fur does not go back down this is a possible sign your dog is dehydrated and you must consult your veterinarian straight away. On the other hand, if the hair that you have pulled up goes straight back down and as flat as it was before then your Lhasa Apso is not dehydrated.

 

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