Many of the “aging” changes that owners notice in their pets may be caused by common geriatric diseases. Changes in weight, appetite, water intake, or activity level can all be early indicators of disease. Still other pets may show no outward signs of being sick and subtle changes may go unnoticed until diseases are more advanced. For this reason Middlesex County Animal Hospital often recommends monitoring blood work and urinalysis in older pets to detect geriatric diseases early. Caught early many geriatric diseases can be managed or cured with medications, diet changes, and life style adjustments.