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A FOCUS ON SENIOR CARE

A touch of gray around the muzzle, increasing cloudiness in the eyes and a less-frisky gait are some of the more obvious physical changes you might see in your senior dog or cat. Other changes may be more subtle. It takes a watchful eye to recognize what may be early signs of disease or health problems.

General Signs of Medical Problems in Mature Pets:

  • Sustained, significant increase in water consumption or urination
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Significant decrease in appetite or failure to eat for more than two days
  • Significant increase in appetite
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Diarrhea lasting over three days
  • Difficulty in passing stool or urine
  • Change in housebreaking
  • Lameness lasting more than five days or lameness in more than one leg
  • Noticeable decrease in vision
  • Open sores or scabs on the skin that persist for more than one week
  • Foul mouth odor or drooling that lasts more than two days
  • Increasing size of the abdomen
  • Increasing inactivity or amount of time spent sleeping
  • Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching or if in specific areas (as opposed to generalized)
  • Excessive panting
  • Inability to chew dry food
  • Blood in stool or urine
  • Sudden collapse or bout of weakness
  • A seizure (convulsion)
  • Persistent coughing or gagging
  • Breathing heavily or rapidly at rest

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