Monday, October 21, 2013

Cognitive Changes in Older Pets

Older pets are the most rapidly growing segment in many Veterinary clinic populations. In part this is due to better and more sophisticated treatment, leading to longer living pets. Common client complaints and signs of cognitive decline include disorientation, alterations in social and environmental interactions, changes in sleep/wake cycle and changes in elimination behaviors.

As your pet ages the importance of a complete medical work up is recommended every 6 months. In pets with healthy kidney and liver function, there are a variety of medications that can be used to ease some symptoms.

Jane Bishop, VT
DVM 360