Tierarztpraxis Robert Frideres

54634 Bitburg, Mozartstr. 4

Phone 06561 / 8767

Deutsche Sprache


Geriatrics in veterinary medicine is concerned with the aging of animals and associated diseases. Today many of our pets get much older than 20 years ago. It is not unusual for cats and some dog breeds to get older than 15 years.

This is due to several factors:

First the reputation of cats and dogs in human society and overall supply has gotten much better. For many people animals are like a friend or even a family member. As a result people are willing to spend more money on their pet for better nutrition and preventive health measures such as vaccination, parasite treatments, dental cleanings or lab testing issue.

In addition, the veterinary care of geriatric diseases in domestic animals has made tremendous progress; there are effective and well tolerated drugs for permanent treatment of arthritis, heart disease and other organic weaknesses.

When does my Pet get old?

The following symptoms can often be observed in aging animal and should be for you an opportunity to look more closely:

  • The animal remains more quiet, the general activity diminishes, the rest or sleep periods become longer.
  • The walk gets stiff and standing up, jumping or climbing stairs gets more difficult.
  • The coat is often a little dull and the hair in face area often turns grey.
  • The eyes are often hazy and vision diminishes.
  • Hearing is less acute
  • Susceptibility to disease increases and function of organs decreases.
  • The appetite decreases and often it comes with increased drinking of water.


The earlier the onset of body weakness is detected, the sooner we can respond and help the animal.

What can I do for my pet?

  • The diet should be adapted to the age and movement. Obesity is a serious health threat.
  • The movement should always be adapted to the age. The activity level should be matched individually to the animal.
  • Especially in age, regular health checks should be routine. Bring in your aging pet regularly for screening in combination with blood tests to screen for organ function.