THE AGING PET: DISEASES TO KNOW ABOUT AND SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR SENIOR PET

At just 7 years of age, dogs and cats are considered to be senior pets. Once your pet is considered a senior, it becomes all the more important to pay close attention to their behaviors in order to pick up on subtle signs of disease. Additionally, routine lab work (blood work, etc.) and veterinary check-ups become increasingly valuable, as they allow us to detect illness in your senior pet. Often, senior pets will develop conditions as they age that will negatively impact their quality of life if not addressed. However, many conditions can be well managed with medications, supplementation, diet changes, etc. Successful management of an age-related illness can greatly increase your pet’s quality of life, as well as potentially extend their lifespan.

Commonly seen manageable conditions in aging dogs

  • Diabetes
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Degenerative joint disease (Arthritis)
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Hypothyroidism (decrease in normal thyroid levels)
  • Periodontal disease

commonly seen MANAGEABLE conditions in aging cats

  • Diabetes
  • Degenerative joint disease (Arthritis)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Hyperthyroidism (increase in normal thyroid levels)
  • Periodontal disease

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Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital
25547 Main Street
Ardmore,TN 38449
Phone: (931) 427-8383