Geriatric animals require a different approach because these pets tend to have more advanced problems.
Pain management is key for this group of pets because pain levels can be very high as diseases are starting to enter at a more progressive stage. It is common for large breed dogs in this age range to have painful arthritis which can affect their ability to walk as well as their happiness. This may show up as sleeping more, bed wetting or self-soothing behaviors like licking the sore joints, pacing, or whining.
Geriatric pets are also far more likely to be struggling with multiple health issues at once. Each taking its toll on over-all well-being and vitality.
For you, as the owner of a geriatric pet, particularly one with multiple issues, the load of caring for them can be great. You’ll be committing more time, sleepless nights, expenses, and often feel like you are riding an emotional roller coaster wondering if you are doing the right thing.