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Signs of Heart Disease in Pets - No. 4 in Series - Health Issues Affecting Senior Pets

#4 in our Series on Health Issues Affecting Senior Pets. Today’s article applies not only to our senior pets but to all cats and dogs, hence we’ve removed the word Senior Pets from the title. Look for our eBook in February which will include all four articles: Behavior Changes in Senior Pets, Failing Vision in Senior Pets, Hearing Loss in Senior Pets, and this article, Signs ...
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Hearing Loss in Senior Pets - No. 3 in Series - Health Issues Affecting Senior Pets

Overview - Dogs Hearing loss is one of the most common problems affecting senior pets. Through the years, most pet owners have experienced incidences where their pets ignored them. In reality, this behavior occurs quite often in cats and can be a characteristic of certain dog breeds. Given these facts, it may be challenging to determine if our pets have hearing loss or if they ar...
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Behavior Changes in Older Dogs - No. 1 in Series - Health Issues Affecting Senior Pets

  The famous American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “All diseases run into one — old age.” This statement applies to pets as well as people. It’s important for pet owners to understand that our pets age faster than we do. Although there is no perfectly accurate human-to-dog or human-to-cat age comparison, it’s often startling for us t...
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Problems Facing Older Pets

First let’s identify what constitutes “older,” or in veterinary terms, “geriatric.” for our pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association classifies cats and small dogs as geriatric at 7 years of age. Because larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans, they consider them geriatric at 6 years of age. As pet owners, most of us have seen dog and cat years compared to human yea...
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Feeding your Senior Dog*

Dogs begin to show visible age-related changes at about seven to 12 years of age. There are metabolic, immunologic and body composition changes, too. Some of these may be unavoidable while others can be managed with diet. When feeding your older dog, the main objective should be to maintain health and optimum body weight, slow development of chronic disease and minimize diseases that ...
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