If your dog has been healthy for years and hasn’t had any issues with losing bladder control, then if they suddenly begin to pee on the carpet, that might be a sign that there’s something wrong. Even though it’s not always clear that aging is the main issue, it typically is tied into other concerns, and can make them bigger.
Disease and genetic problems, as well as emotional trauma can cause the behavior to appear and get worse over time. However, if your dog is getting close to an advanced age, then all of these factors will be made greater by aging.
Depending on the breed, a dog can live anything from 10-13 years to more than 20 years (even though not that often). This means, if your dog is 8-9 years old or older, then the aging issue has to be brought up. People used to believe that dogs age the equivalent of 7 human years in one year. However, as of late, scientists believe that dogs can be considered much older than humans when considering their genetic makeup.
So, it’s typically best to take your dog to the vet before assuming that old age is the reason why they are behaving as they do, as there could be other underlying health issues. Of course, in the meantime, you can also take other precautions such as buying pet diapers and making sure your dog can go outside freely when they need to, without putting too much effort into it.