Geriatric Nutrition: Do Old Dogs and Cats Need New Tricks?

Dr. Tammy Owens 
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1. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress leads to faster attrition of __________ involved in aging?
Muffins, a 13 year old FS DSH presents for a senior wellness exam. It is noticed that she has lost 5% of her body weight since her last exam a couple of years ago and has mild muscle wasting over her epaxial and pelvic limb muscles. The owner says that she hasn’t made any changes to the diet in years and that Muffin still eats the same amount of the same grocery store brand dry food she always has. What could be contributing to her muscle loss?
What change in body composition is predictive of increased morbidity and mortality in dogs, cats, and people?
A 10 yo MN medium size mixed breed dog presents for an exam. Owner relays that the dog is less active and has increased difficulty rising. Physical exam reveals mild generalized muscle atrophy (more pronounced in pelvic limbs), reaction to extension of hips bilaterally, and a grade III/VI left systolic heart murmur. The dogs’s appetite is good and he is on a highly digestible, adequate protein diet that is for all life stages. You recommend transitioning to diet more appropriate for a senior pet, but specifically are looking to increase what in the diet?
The Dog Aging Project is testing the use of __________ for the potential positive effects on lifespan and improved cardiovascular function?
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