Dog Senior Care

This collection of Dog Senior Care articles has been curated for you by Georgia Veterinary Associates. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (678) 201-1373.

6 Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable for a Senior Pet

The effects of aging tend to sneak up on all of us—even our pets—but because they happen so gradually, they can be easy to miss. If your dog is starting to bump into objects around the house or your cat isn’t spending as much time in her favorite lofty perch, a few environmental changes may be in order.


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Senior Pets: Old Age is Not a Disease!

Have an older pet at home? 

Just like humans, pets can develop a number of new health issues as they enter their senior years. Often attributed to simply “slowing down,” it is not uncommon for many of these age-related problems to go untreated or even unnoticed. However, many of these changes can be effectively managed with proper veterinary care.

Common age-related medical issues in pets include:


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How You Can Ease Your Senior Dog's Arthritis Pain

You recognize the signs. The slow hobble to greet you at the door where once your dog practically leaped at the chance to put his paws on you. The laborious clamber from a resting position to standing.

These are clear signs of arthritis pain and it affects between 60 – 70% of dogs.

Other signs include limping, reluctance to go up and down stairs and generally, a lethargy where you once had an active pooch.


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Aging Pets and Cognitive Dysfunction

Degenerative brain disease, or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), is far more common than you may think. CDS is defined as a loss in learning, memory, and awareness. It results in varying stages of dementia. 


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