Senility In Senior Pets

Senior pets can show signs of senility. Before any medical signs become apparent, behavioral changes often can serve as important indicators that something is changing in an older pet. As your pet's owner, you serve a critical role in detecting early signs of disease because you interact and care for your pet on a daily basis and are familiar with your pet's behavior and routines.  Sometimes, the changes may seem contradictory - such as an older pet that has symptoms of hearing loss, but also seems more sensitive to strange sounds.

Possible Behavior Changes in Older Pets

  • Increased reaction to sounds
  • Increased vocalization
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Decreased interaction w/humans
  • Increased irritability
  • Decreased response to commands
  • Increased aggressive/protective behavior
  • Increased anxiety
  • House soiling
  • Decreased self-hygiene/grooming
  • Repetitive activity
  • Increased wandering
  • Change in sleep cycles

If any changes in your pet's behavior are noticed, please let us know as soon as possible.