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    Old age is not a disease
    Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM posted:
    Older pets can more diseases than younger pets, but old age alone is not a disease. "He/she is just old" is not a reason for an older pet not acting normally.

    See your veterinarian and find out why your pet is not feeling right...because there are so many problems that we can treat.

    And by the way, after the age of 7-10 years of age, schedule a senior wellness visit with your veterinarian when your pet is healthy to have a general physcial exam, blood work run, urinarlysis, etc. to make sure your pet is healthy inside and out. So many diseases, kidney, thyroid, liver, endocrine, cancer, etc when identified early can be managed or even cured with the result that your pet lives a longer, healthier, happier life.

    Dr. Sandy
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    Grandmaof03 responded:
    Dr Sandy,

    Thank you for your post concerning old age and it not being a disease...

    My family has been through the "well she is a older dog" dx from our local vet actually causing us to wait for a referral to a specialist, only to find out that our pet was very sick with an infection...After weeks and weeks of medications, antibiotics and steriods...she is much better but sadly, she had to go through so much while not being treated the way she should have been...

    I am going to stick with my gut feelings from now on..although my entire family has changed vets, if I am not happy with what I am told....I will ask to be refered...

    Thank you again for your post
    lrenee61 replied to Grandmaof03's response:
    Hi Colleen,

    what was wrong with your dog? My vet can't diagnose what is wrong with mine. I just posted the problems going on to see if anyone had any ideas. My dog has been sick for 5 weeks and I'm just heartbroke. They are treating him for menengitis at the moment - steriods & antibiotics.

    Thank You,

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