Common Diseases: Diseases that commonly affect older pets

Some of the most common symptoms and illnesses we see in our older pets include:

  • Weight gain or loss (often a symptom of a more serious problem)
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease and cancers
  • Urinary tract disease – bladder infections, bladder stones, Kidney failure, Urinary tract cancers, urinary incontinence
  • Dental disease and oral cancers
  • Gastrointestinal disorders and cancers– diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, fecal incontinence
  • Endocrine diseases – Diabetes, Thyroid disorders, Adrenal gland disorders
  • Eye disease – glaucoma, blindness, cataracts, eye cancers, “dry eye”
  • Neurological and Behavioural disorders – Seizures, Cognitive Dysfunction (Senility)
  • Skin and Haircoat disorders – Dull haircoat, dandruff, dermal and subdermal cancers
  • Respiratory disorders – collapsing trachea, chronic cough, allergic/chronic bronchitis

Many of these conditions can be either cured or managed effectively to minimize discomfort and suffering. We always encourage open communication about these diseases so we can decrease the amount of confusion and stress that can go along with these “old age” diseases.