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Life stage: geriatric

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David Godfrey

Synonym(s): Aged


Introduction

  • A geriatric patient is nearing the end of expected life span.
  • In dogs there are significant differences between breed average life spans and thus the average age that they may be considered as geriatric.
  • In general this correlates with size; giant breeds often show significant age-related changes from around 7 years, medium-sized breeds around 10 years and small breeds from around 12 years.

Clinical and behavior problems

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Procedures

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Diet

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Senior Care Guidelines Task Force, AAHA, Epstein M, Kuehn N F et al (2005) AAHA senior care guidelines for dogs and cats. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 41 (2), 81-91 PubMed.

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