? Aging suddenly - 7.5 years old
In the past few months, I have noticed Odie seems to be aging rapidly. He seems to have gotten slower in his step and the gray hairs seem to be arriving faster as well.
He had his yearly checkup in February and the vet found him to be in perfect health. Our vet loves him to pieces (used to be a neighbor) and calls him the greatest boxer ever (Odie loves him too).
We adopted Odie from a rescue when he was 9 months old and we know that he had a hard time at the beginning of his life. Since we rescued him, he has been eating high quality grain free food, regular exercise and regular vet care.
Yesterday, he got off the couch and yelped. He limped for the rest of the night. He injured his left front paw getting off the couch. I felt for any obvious injury and he did not yelp at any touch and even checked his nails to make sure he didn't hurt a nail bed. Nothing. The limp is just about gone today.
He also makes more "noise" than he used to. He never barked at anyone coming to our door. Now he announces loudly to anyone coming to the door that he is here. Even if it is a family member coming to the door - it's almost like he is having trouble seeing us, yet can catch a small treat in the air or a frisbee without difficulty.
He still loves to run in the backyard and play, but the sessions are shorter with him taking his frisbee after 5 or 6 throws and going and laying down in the shade.
Thanks for reading all that. So, should I be worried, or this the normal aging issues? (Ok, so I am worried about him) This is the first dog I have had since I was a kid....
Mom to three skinbabies, 18, 9, 7
Mom to one furbaby Odie flashy fawn
DOB - 12/30/04, Rescued 10/15/05