Dogs are creatures of habit and routine and do best when they can maintain a consistent daily pattern.

Seniors may be more set in their ways, and any disruption to their schedule may cause additional stress to an aging body. Following is a discussion of some of the issues and concerns that may arise when boarding your geriatric pet, along with some tips as to how to help alleviate them.

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At what age, exactly, is a dog considered a "senior" or "geriatric" pet? The actual age varies depending on the breed (with larger breeds aging more quickly than smaller dogs), but generally, any dog over the age of 7 – 9 years will be noted as a senior pet.

Older dogs will typically require more veterinary care and may have more pre-existing medical conditions than younger pets, including heart conditions, diabetes, kidney and liver dysfunction, low thyroid and arthritis, and joint problems.

Some conditions may be underlying and not previously diagnosed…and the stress due to change in environment and schedule during a boarding stay may cause the body to react. Only then does the pet begin to show symptoms.