As my veterinary practices integrates western and Chinese medicine to improve a pet’s overall wellness and reduce reliance on medications potentially having side effects, I have many patients that are well into their senior years.
When is a pet considered senior? That question has multiple answers and perspectives. I consider most pets senior at seven years of age. Smaller dogs tend to show fewer traditional geriatric signs (arthritis, mobility problems, etc) at seven years of age as compared to larger dogs. Larger dogs having reached age seven are less prone to periodontal disease and other metabolic illnesses (Cushing’s disease, diabetes mellitus, etc) in comparison to smaller dogs. Regardless of age, it’s important to prevent and manage illnesses before potentially life altering chronic diseases (obesity, arthritis, etc) emerge.
Question 1: Is it common for aging dogs to get arthritis in their later years? How can I tell if my dog is suffering from it?
Answer 1: Read the answer to question 1-5 by following this link.
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