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Geriatric Care

Geriatric Care

The average dog or cat is considered a “senior” around 7 to 10 years of age. As pets age, there is a progressive decline in organ function, immunity, and physical and mental abilities. Many ailments that affect aging humans can also plague our pets. While some age-related diseases may not be preventable, early detection and intervention is the key to successful management.

It is common to assume certain changes in behavior are a normal part of the aging process; however, they may indicate underlying disease. If you notice any of these signs, please make an appointment and have your pet evaluated.

  • Change in appetite or weight loss/gain

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Urination or defecation in the house

  • Increased thirst

  • Increased urine frequency, volume, straining, etc.

  • Difficulty rising, walking, or climbing stairs

  • Confusion, disorientation, anxiety, or changes in sleep patterns

  • Persistent cough

  • New lumps or bumps

Our knowledgeable staff is trained in the most up-to-date treatment and management of chronic conditions including osteoarthritis, chronic renal failure, diabetes, neoplasia/cancer, Cushing’s Disease/hyperadrenocorticism, cognitive dysfunction/senility, and urinary incontinence to name a few.

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