What are the common signs of disease in an older pet?

The signs you might see will vary with the disease or problem affecting your pet, and some signs can be seen with more than one problem. As the pet’s owner, you can provide your veterinarian with valuable information that can help them determine what is going on with your pet.

Common Warning Signs of Disease in Older Pets

Kidney disease Urinary tract disease Heart disease
Decreased appetite Increased urination/spotting or “accidents” in the house Coughing
Increased thirst Straining to urinate Difficulty breathing
Increased urination Blood in urine Decreased tolerance of exercise
Decreased or no urination Weakness
Poor hair coat Decreased appetite
Vomiting Vomiting
Sore mouth
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