How to nurse the ageing small animal inpatient part 2 — ageing effects on body systems
Friday, September 27, 2013
Ageing in animals is associated with gradual deterioration in the delicate interrelationships among the body systems, which predisposes them to acquired disease. A common characteristic of ageing body systems is progressive and irreversible change. Such change may be hastened by disease, malnutrition, genetics, reduction in exercise, stress and the environment. Knowledge of the common pathologic changes associated with age and their effect on body function enables the veterinary nurse to implement specific nursing care for the ageing inpatient.
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