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Cognitive Dysfunction - Is my old dog senile?

Geriatric PetCognitive Dysfunction - Senility in Geriatric Pets

As our pets age, our bond with them grows deeper and more intense. We’ve grown to love them more over the years and they are more dependent on our understanding and kindness as they deal with the challenges that the elderly face.

One of the issues described commonly in geriatric pets is “senility” (our medical-ese for this is “cognitive dysfunction”).

Examples are:

The old dog that walks out to the yard and stops, staring into space. He doesn’t appear to remember why he’s there. (Or perhaps he does this in the middle of the livingroom.) He only stares off and stands there a while.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Feline Lower Urinary Tract DiseaseWHAT IS IT? HOW DO I HELP PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING?

What is FLUTD? Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) refers to a group of conditions that affect the bladder and urethra of cats. All cats with FLUTD display similar signs.

CATS WITH FLUTD:

  • Urinate frequently and strain when they urinate.
  • Urinate outside of the litter box and in unusual areas.
  • Excessively lick at their genital area.
  • Have blood in their urine.