senior dog disease signs

​As your dog ages, the likelihood he will develop various changes in the function of his body systems increases. Some of these will be normal changes due to the aging process, others may be indicative of disease. To be more easily alerted to possible signs of disease early in the disease process:

Signs and Symptoms of Common Diseases in Older DogsAssociated Diseases
​Behavior ChangesPain associated with arthritis, Loss of sight or hearing, Cognitive dysfunction, Hypothyroidism, Liver disease, Kidney disease
Weakness or excercise intoleranceMitral insufficiency/Heart disease, Anemia, ObesityDiabetes mellitus, Cancer, Hypothyroidism 
Change in activity levelHypothyroidism, Arthritis, Pain, Obesity, Anemia, Mitral Insufficiency/Heart disease, Kidney disease, Cancer
​Weight gainHypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, Obesity, Arthritis
Weight lossCancer, Kidney disease, Liver disease, Gastrointestinal disease, Decreased food consumption, Oral or dental disease, Mitral Insufficiency/Heart disease, Diabetes mellitus, Inflammatory bowel disease
Abnormally colored mucous membranes (gums)Anemia, Mitral Insufficiency/Heart disease, Liver disease
CoughingMitral Insufficiency/Heart disease, Respiratory disease, Heartworm disease Cancer
Increased thirst and urinationCushing’s disease, Pyometra (uterine infection) Diabetes mellitus, Liver disease, Kidney disease
VomitingKidney disease, Liver disease, Gastrointestinal disease, Inflammatory bowel disease, Cancer, Diabetes mellitus
DiarrheaGastrointestinal disease, Sudden changes in diet Inflammatory bowel disease, Kidney disease, Liver disease
SeizuresEpilepsy, Cancer, Kidney disease, Liver disease, Mitral Insufficiency/Heart disease
Haircoat changesHypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, Obesity
Bad breathDental disease, Oral cancer, Kidney disease
Lameness, difficulty risingArthritis, Nervous system disease, Obesity
Urinary incontinenceKidney disease, Pain from arthritis, Hormone responsive incontinence, Bladder stones, Cancer Prostate disease
Lumps, bumpsCancer, Benign tumors
Appetite changesDiabetes mellitus, Cancer, Liver disease, Kidney disease, Gastrointestinal disease, Stress, Pain, Reaction to medication(s), Oral or dental disease, Cushing’s disease
Cloudy eyeNuclear sclerosis, CataractGlaucoma

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This really is a great website to find out about various diseases and conditions.