Due to improved veterinary care, our Truckee Tahoe pets are living longer lives. As pets age, they often develop similar problems seen in older people such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, diabetes, and senility. Geriatric pets should have a physical exam at least every 6 months so problems can be quickly identified and addressed.
Some common warning signs of disease in older pets:
- Changes in appetite - increased/decreased
- Changes in thirst – increased/decreased
- Changes in urination - increased amount or frequency
- Blood in urine
- Straining to urinate
- Changes in energy/stamina - weakness
- Exercise intolerance
- Changes in weight/body condition-weight loss/weight gain
- Coughing, difficulty breathing, excessive panting
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Persistent lameness, stiffness, difficulty getting up or down, difficulty with stairs, difficulty with slippery floors, difficulty getting in or out of car.
For more information, go to AVMA.org – caring for an older pet
CDSinDogs.com – cognitive dysfunction in dogs