Tag Archives: dog years

Old Dog Blues

Judy Schroeder, DVM   November 7, 2012   Comments Off on Old Dog Blues

As pets live longer, we are more likely to see age-related problems in our senior patients.  Osteoarthritis, kidney disease, cancer, and metabolic changes become more common as pets age.  Progressive loss of cognitive function (senility) is also seen in geriatric pets, and can dramatically curtail quality of life for these individuals and their owners. Canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) affects… Read more »

Your Aging Pet

Jim Johnson   June 17, 2012   Comments Off on Your Aging Pet

Q) How old does my pet have to be to be considered geriatric? Should I do anything special for my old pet? A) Generally, this is considered to be 7 years – younger with giant breed dogs. After animals reach this age, they need more frequent dental cleanings and an annual assessment. This assessment should include bloodwork, a urinalysis, and… Read more »