Common Diseases in Senior Dogs & Cats

As our pets get older, they often suffer from common senior pet diseases that eventually lead to death. The most frequent causes of death in both dogs and cats are cancer and kidney disease. In addition, 80-90% of senior dogs and cats suffer from arthritis.

Symptoms of disease in senior dogs

Symptoms your senior dog may be very ill include disorientation, preferring to be left alone, avoiding activity, dull coat, loss of housetraining habits, wandering at night, and poor appetite. These symptoms could also be indicators of heart disease, kidney disease, or liver disease.

Key facts about common diseases in dogs and cats
  • Between 80-90% of all senior pets have arthritis.
  • Pets with poor nutrition and pets with heart, kidney, or liver disease are predisposed to symptoms that cause death.
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Causes of death in dogs

The most frequent causes of dog death and pet disease among old dogs are cancer, cardiac failure, and renal (kidney) failure. In younger dogs, bloat, and immune-mediated diseases are significant.

Causes of death in dogs
  • Cancer 37.1%
  • Bloat or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus 27.6%
  • Old age and other 16.5%
  • Kidney failure 8.2%
  • Immune-mediated disease 7.6%
  • Addison's Disease 5.9%
  • Heart disease and stroke 3.5%
  • Seizures 1.2%
Causes of death in cats

The most common causes of cat death in senior cats are kidney failure, cancer, and infectious disease such as FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). Cats also suffer from hyperthyroidism, which causes high blood pressure, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, arthritis, and dental disease.

Cats are less inclined to develop cancer than dogs, but cats with cancer tend to have malignant disease, whereas in dogs, it may be benign. For example, 60% of dogs with skin masses will have benign disease that will not grow aggressively or spread to other locations; but only 20% of cats with skin masses will have benign disease.

Max's Tip

It is important to give your senior pet liver support supplements and Omega 3 fatty acids to help maintain good health.