Signs of Cognitive Decline in Senior Dogs

Like dementia in humans, older dogs can develop a neurodegenerative condition known as canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CCDS). According to Dr. Brian Gray Barnett, a veterinarian with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the Dog Aging Project research team, “One study found that 28% of 11- to 12-year-old dogs and … Continue reading Signs of Cognitive Decline in Senior Dogs

Retirement Homes for Senior Pets a Growing Trend in Japan

The BBC recently produced a heartwarming video about retirement facilities for senior pets in Japan. When elderly pet owners enter assisted living and are no longer able to keep their pets, a growing number of animal retirement homes are taking in senior pets, many with special needs, to care for them in their final years. … Continue reading Retirement Homes for Senior Pets a Growing Trend in Japan

Vet Visit Checklist for Senior Cats

Cats are considered to be “seniors” when they reach 11+ years of age.  Senior cats can develop a variety of chronic health problems, including: Arthritis Kidney disease Diabetes Cancer Dementia High blood pressure Thyroid disease Other common health issues seen in older cats include weight loss, dehydration/constipation, and tooth and gum disease. Because your senior … Continue reading Vet Visit Checklist for Senior Cats