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- Behavior Medicine -

 Assessing Geriatric Pets

Complete this page only if the behavior changes are suspected as due to advancing age.  Identify all signs observed in the last 3 months.


  • Wanders aimlessly

  • Appears lost or confused

  • Gets “stuck” in corners or by furniture

  • Stares into space or at walls

  • Has difficulty finding the door or stands at the hinge side

  • Does not recognize familiar people

  • Does not respond to verbal cues or name

  • Appears to forget reason for going outdoors

Interaction with family members

  • Seeks attention less often

  • Less likely to stand for petting; walks away while being petted

  • Less enthusiasm upon greeting

  • No longer greets family members

Activity and Sleep

  • Sleeps more during the day

  • Sleeps less during the night

  • Decrease in purposeful activity

  • Increase in wandering or pacing

  • Barks at night for not reason


  • Urinates indoors

  • Has accidents indoors soon after being outside

  • Does not ask to go outside


  •  any other abnormal behavior that seems related to age:

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