The old age of a dog is the sum of the effects of the elderly on the physical and neurological processes of animal. Senile dogs tend to be weak, deaf, sometimes, blind, with light incardination, have a rough and dry hair. They can shake, rub with what surrounds them, and sometimes forget the habit of returning home and the docility towards people.
Cats have the same signs to one degree less than dogs, the hearing loss, vision and weakness insular are less pronounced in them. On the other hand, there is no any kind of relationship between the age of a person, this Horn is commonly known. It regards a dog or adult cat from the year and a half of life, elderly after ten.
The end of life of these animals is between ten and fifteen years, with an average of twelve years. This varies according to race, lifestyle and eating habits. Overweight dogs live less time.
The degree of damage is proportional to the bad town that was given during the lifetime, especially after the era in which most problems in your body, which is about five or six years. When an animal is presented to the consultation, we try to give more importance to the owner, to routine practices. If a person or family has pampered to the dog or cat unless it has been old, there is a deep affection and family (members) are inclined to tolerate stress urinary incontinence, bad temper, bad smells, etc, it is difficult to give a fully satisfactory answer.
Senile animals should be treated with delicacy and softness. You have to take into account the State of the mouth, tooth’s, gums, tumors, etc. The tooth loose s that are implanted in gum infected s must be removed and the rest remove the “fur”, which is the main factor of the bad breath (halitosis).
Together with the desparasitaciones and annual revaccinations (distemper, hepatitis and rabies), it will look at the general State and apply the treatment as necessary. At this stage of life is important to a diet appropriated, rich in vitamins, with the addition of geriatric that have as effect to a revitalizing general. If the animal is suffering from distinct symptoms, irreversible causes that cannot be resolved through clinical or surgical, we suggest the owner euthanasia. We know that this determination is not the result of the election of the easiest way, but the impossibility of a complete recovery of the animal.
The decision of euthanasia is not always accepted by the owner, but we believe that maintain an agony in which the dog cat is unable to fulfill the minimum physiological needs, there is no justification to prolong his life, taking into account the suffering of the animal.