The changing patterns in referral rates of geriatric cats and dogs to an university clinic

Ülgen S. , Bayrakal A. , Sargin E., KAYMAZ F. A.

Istanbul Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi, cilt.41, sa.2, ss.232-237, 2015 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 41 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.16988/iuvfd.2015.21682
  • Dergi Adı: Istanbul Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.232-237


Improving quality of care and nutrition of pet animals and advanced diagnosis and treatment by developing technologies, lead to an increase in survival rate. As the present authors were unaware of finding documented reports for several diseases, it was aimed to investigate the number and health status of geriatric cats and dogs which were brought to Internal Medicine clinics of our faculty's training and research hospital within six years. Twenty-four cats and 10 dogs enrolled in the study were found to be healthy, whereas multiple health concerns were diagnosed in totally 1354 animals (n=403 for cats, n=951 for dogs). Increase in survival rate within 6 years was determined as 27.7% increase for cats and as 5.3% increase for dogs. The urinary system diseases for cats and cardiovascular system diseases for dogs were found to be the most frequent diagnosis. Geriatric animal rates varied between 4.2 and 12.3% for cats and 6.2 and 15.7% for dogs within years which were not expected as higher.