As our pets age, their veterinary needs change. Symptoms such as weight loss, appetite changes, decreased activity, urinary accidents, and mood swings are often assumed to be normal aging changes. However, these changes could also represent illness or pain. Conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, thyroid disorders, diabetes, and arthritis are common in aging pets and can often be managed with medications, diet, or environmental changes. Our animal companions instinctually try to disguise their pain and discomfort, and often only give subtle signs of underlying problems. Before chalking it up to “old age”, please mention any behavior changes to our doctors and staff to see what options are available to keep your senior pet at their best.