Key Concepts in Senior Dog Care
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Key Concepts in Senior Dog Care

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This book describes the different clinical aspects a veterinary surgeon should bear in mind when dealing with a senior patient. It addresses, by organ system, the particularities of the different diseases typical of this stage of life, the corresponding diagnostic protocols, and the special care and treatment required, with an emphasis on the most recent medical and surgical approaches and on the management of anaesthesia for surgical procedures.

José Rómulo Silva Torres

José Rómulo Silva Torres holds a PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Zaragoza, and is a specialist in traumatology and orthopaedics at the Complutense University of Madrid. As a professor at the university he has lectured in surgery and reproduction and worked in clinical practice. He holds a diploma in health from the National School of Public Health.

Outside of his academic work he has served as a spokesperson for AVEPA (Spanish Association of Small Animal Specialists) for the regions of Aragon and La Rioja and as President of the Official College of Veterinary Surgeons for the province of Zaragoza.

Currently, his professional activity at the Zaragoza Veterinary Clinical Centre focuses on general surgery, orthopaedics, and traumatology, as well as endoscopy.

Enrique Castells Pérez

Enrique Castells Pérez was awarded his degree in veterinary medicine in 1996 by the University of Zaragoza. From 1998 to 2008 he worked in medical and surgical practice in the region of La Jacetania, Huesca (Valle de Hecho and Jaca Veterinary Clinical Centre), working both with small animals and meat ruminants. During this period he also worked as a substitute veterinary surgeon at Lacuniacha Wildlife Park (Piedrafita de Jaca, Huesca). Between 2008 and 2009 he worked in the commercial sector at a veterinary drug distributor in Utebo (Zaragoza). In 2015 he received his postgraduate degree in ophthalmology from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Since 2009 he has worked at the Zaragoza Veterinary Clinical Centre.

1. The progression of aging in dogs

The aging process

Senior dogs as patients in the clinic

How to diagnose cognitive dysfunction

Preventive treatment

2. Periodontal disease


Aetiology and pathogenesis

Examination of the patient

Diagnosis of periodontal disease


Prognosis and decision making


3. Digestive disease

Gastrointestinal system



4. Cardiorespiratory disorders


Diagnostic approach

Most frequent cardiac diseases in senior dogs

Most frequent respiratory diseases in senior dogs

5. Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Diagnosis of CKD

Treatment of CKD

6. Endocrine diseases

Canine hyperadrenocorticism

Canine hypothyroidism

Other endocrine disorders

7. Neurological diseases


Examination of the patient

Main orthopaedic and neurological diseases of senior dogs

8. Pain management


Neurophysiology of pain

Chronic pain: canine osteoarthritis

9. Anaesthesia in senior dogs

Organ status in senior patients

Anaesthetic drugs in senior patients

Monitoring during anaesthesia

Postoperative recovery and care

Euthanasia in senior dogs

10. Musculoskeletal system disorders

Traumatology in older dogs

Most common joint and ligament injuries

Fracture implants

11. Ophthalmology in senior dogs


Age-associated changes in the eyes of senior dogs

Common ocular diseases in senior dogs

Diseases of the retina

12. Diseases of the reproductive system

Diseases of the female reproductive system

Diseases of the male reproductive system


  • Autor/es Enrique Castells Pérez, José Rómulo Silva Torres
  • Fecha de edición abril 2020
  • Nº Páginas 216
  • Encuadernación Tapa dura
  • Tamaño 14'6 X 21
  • Idioma Inglés