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The Aging Pet, Geriatric Pets, Senior Pets, Pet Life Expectancy

We hope our pets will be a part of our lives for many, many years but the fact is that the average life expectancy is 10-12 years for dogs and 10-14 years for cats. Older pets have very specific needs and are particularly susceptible in later years to cancer, arthritis, and dental disease. Supplementing diets with antioxidants, phytonutrients and Omega 3 fatty acids will help support brain function and minimize behavior changes as our pets age.

Behavior changes in your pet due to aging: Aging dogs & cats
Pet supplements for senior dogs and cats
The most common senior pet diseases
Dog life expectancy & cat life expectancy

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  Aging Pet Facts:

  • Any pet can develop behavior changes with aging.
  • A large percent of senior pets have arthritis (80%-90%).
  • Behavior changes with aging include problems with orientation, social interaction, activities & exercise, grooming, housetraining, sleeping, and eating.
  • Your senior pet may have a poor appetite because taste and smell aren’t as strong, and food loses its appeal.
    This information is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.

    The information about medications is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.

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