Identification of major physical and behavioral disorders in the elderly dogs and cats of municipality of São Luís, Maranhão [Identificação dos principais distúrbios físicos e comportamentais em cães e gatos idosos do municipio de São Luís, Maranhão]
Milhomem M.N.,Academica do Curso de Medicina Veterinaria |
De Carvalho C.M.,Academica do Curso de Medicina Veterinaria |
Bringel B.C.,Academica do Curso de Medicina Veterinaria |
Ferreira L.C.,Academica do Curso de Medicina Veterinaria |
And 3 more authors.
Acta Veterinaria Brasilica | Year: 2013
The body of animals that reach senility has the abilities reduced gradually affecting various organs and systems. These animals has a change in them behavioral aspect and begin to act differently and the habits can change and becomes quieter and less disposal. This study aimed to evaluate the main physical and behavioral disorders that affect dogs and cats elderly in São Luis. Was applied a total of 100 investigative questionnaires to elderly pet owners who were seen at different veterinary clinics and UEMA's veterinary hospital. The predominant age of dogs groups was 8 and 11 years and 10 years for cats. Of all animals, 52% were considered overweight, and those were fed with dog food and homemade food. The weight's increase reached more than half of the castrated animals. Physical changes present in both prevalent species were tiredness, skin and dental problems, more hours of sleep per day, noise phobia in both species, anxiety in cats and dogs showed aggression with other animals. Therefore, it is necessary a big attention to this changes, where owners need to understand the effects that the changes make in this elderly animals health.