It is very important to remember that old age is NOT a disease! We covered the importance of understanding this in an episode of The Senior pet podcast and there is a ton of great information in that episode, I would encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already.
Dying of old age is a processes that happens to us as we age and that eventually causes us, or our pets to pass away. The most common cause of death among our pets is cancer, organ failure, and quality of life. Quality of life is generally because our pets develop a disease that progresses until it is affecting their ability to live their lives comfortably such as; arthritis, cognitive disease, and more. We are learning new ways to slow down the aging process and keep our pets living longer, healthier and more comfortable. Please check back on our website as we will be talking about all of these challenges that accompany our aging pets!
– Dr. B