The older your dog gets, the more likely he is to have age-related problems. While this is true of any type or breed of dog, the Brussels Griffon is especially prone to these problems given his tiny size. Since toy dogs are so small, problems with their weight, senses, and joints can have a devastating affect and can greatly reduce the amount and quality of life your Brussels Griffon can experience in his old age.
The Brussels Griffon as a breed tends to suffer from age related problems more frequently than other dog breeds for another reason, too. He lives a lot longer than many breeds. On average, your Brussels Griffon can live to be 15 years old, a very long, wonderful life for a dog. But with the aging process, age-related illnesses are exacerbated and should be looked for as early as age 7 or 8.
Factors affecting the Brussels Griffon's weight are the most important things to be aware of in your aging buddy. Once a toy breed begins to put on excess weight, his entire body suffers, and consequently, so does his personality. The Brussels Griffon is not a lively or overly active dog, which makes him a wonderful companion. However, once he reaches middle age (again, this is around the age of 7 or 8), he could become more of a lap dog or couch potato. The lack of daily exercise for the Brussels Griffon will make him pack on the pounds quickly, so be sure you take him out for a walk everyday.
Weight problems are also caused by human interference. If you have a Brussels Griffon, you probably take him with you everywhere you go. If these places include restaurants, you may be tempted to feed him from the table. Unfortunately, as much as he loves filet mignon, your Brussels Griffon won't benefit from it health-wise. Too much people food makes dogs fat, and heavy dogs have more physical problems. This is an important thing to remember when your Brussels Griffon begs for bacon.
Your Brussels Griffon will also begin to lose his sight and hearing, and this can be very dangerous. His curious nature could lead him into danger without his knowing it, so always be aware of where your elderly Griffon is going and what he is doing. Also, his teeth may begin to fall out, so if you notice this, try soaking his dog food in water for him or feeding him a softer food that is blended for older dogs.
Regular visits to your veterinarian are very important for the health and well-being of your elderly Brussels Griffon. Your vet can recommend good dog foods for your older dog, as well as ways to help him once he has begun to lose his senses. Also, should your Brussels Griffon develop arthritis, there are many medications he can take to help.