Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Life stage: geriatric

Synonym(s): Aged

Contributor(s): David Godfrey

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 fromPubMed.
  • Senior Care Guidelines Task Force, AAHA, Epstein M, Kuehn N F, Landsberg G, Lascelles B D, Marks S L, Schaedler J M, Tuzio H (2005)AAHA senior care guidelines for dogs and cats. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc41(2), 81-91PubMed.


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