Sierra Animal Wellness Center
Phone: (530) 346-6611
1506 S. Canyon Way
Colfax, CA 95713


Signs of Potential Trouble in Senior Dogs and Cats

As with people, certain diseases become more likely as our animal friends age.  Kidney disease, heart disease, cancer and diabetes are among the ones of greatest concern, but there are also a number of others.  Most can be treated and managed with early detection.

Watch for signs of trouble.  Often, one of the first signs of disease is a pet's change in behavior. 

Changes to be on the lookout for include:

  • Acting differently toward family members

  • Altered sleep cycles

  • Confusion or disorientation

  • Disinterest or excessive interest in self-hygiene

  • Loss of housetraining or litter box training

  • Unusual irritability or fearfulness

Other signs of potential problems may include:
  • Bad breath

  • Changes in appetite

  • Changes in drinking and urination

  • Constipation

  • Coughing during exercise

  • Excessive weight loss or gain

  • Lack of energy

  • Lumps or bumps under the skin

  • Tiring more easily

  • Trouble breathing

  • Trouble passing urine

If you notice any health or behavioral changes in your furry friend call us at (530) 346-6611 to make an appointment. You may prevent a serious problem from developing through early detection and treatment.  

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