Oliver is 9 and Molly is 13. Oliver is considered a senior and Molly is geriatric. They definitely have some joint issues at times, limping, legs shaking etc. This is from my vet's website about "geriatric" dogs:
While it is hard to think about, your dog is entering the final stages of life. Due to advanced age, geriatric dogs should have wellness examinations performed at least twice yearly. Dogs with underlying medical conditions may need to be evaluated more frequently. Review any medications and/or supplements with your veterinarian at each visit. The veterinary staff will make specific recommendations for booster immunizations for your pet. During the wellness visits, your veterinarian will be specifically addressing any changes that may be suggestive of discomfort or an underlying medical condition. Symptoms requiring investigation include changes in your dog’s: behavior (e.g.: pacing at night), comfort and energy level, elimination habits, hearing, vision, water consumption, and appetite. Medical conditions at this age are primarily related to an aging body: kidney, dental, and heart disease, arthritis, dementia, and cancer. Laboratory testing, to evaluate organ function, provides indicators of your pet’s overall health. Your veterinarian will discuss a treatment plan with you that addresses your aging companion’s specific needs. Continue your home preventive medicine program outlined by your veterinarian: daily tooth brushing, regular exercise, and prophylactic medications for heartworm, fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites. Regular heartworm testing and fecal examinations detect infections to keep your dog and your family parasite free. You should keep an open discussion between your family and your veterinary team regarding concerns you may have about how your aging pet is progressing through this life stage. Your veterinary team wants to help guide you through making the best choices for your canine family member.
Mom to Molly and Oliver. HUG YOUR HOUNDS!
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