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Geriatric Program for the Small Animal Clinic

By Molly Flaherty, Karen Campbell

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Geriatric medicine is becoming increasingly important in small animal practice. Although this area of practice is a relatively new focus, the benefits of such programs are becoming apparent to the veterinarian and clients. Pets are living longer and geriatric pets occupy a significant portion of small animal practice. Over 40% of dogs and 30% of cats in U.S. households are over the age of six years.! The increasingly aged pet population necessitates more geriatric care. Clients understand their older pet may have many of the same problems as older humans and are often willing to pay for extra geriatric care because of the strong bond with their older pet. 2 A geriatric program can be rewarding to the veterinarian professionally and financially. Patients also benefit because they receive better care that can detect and may help to prevent treatable diseases earlier.


Katie Osborn

Date 1999
Publication Title Iowa State University Digital Repository
Volume 61
Issue 1
ISBN/ISSN 2572-679X
Publisher Iowa State University Digital Repositiory
Location of Publication Ames, IA 50011
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal welfare
  2. Geriatrics
  3. open access
  4. Veterinary geriatrics.
  5. Veterinary medicine
  6. veterinary practices
  1. open access