The Revision Guide for Student Nurses (Part I)

Caring For The Geriatric Patient


  1. Define the term "geriatric".
  2. At what age are cats and dogs generally considered geriatric? (Remember that the longevity of dogs is often dependent upon their size).
  3. List 8 physical changes that may affect a geriatric animal.
  4. List 5 mental changes that may affect a geriatric animal.
  5. What properties should a diet for a geriatric animal possess and why?
  6. Why are geriatric animals prone to obesity?
  7. When is an animal classified as obese?
  8. List 8 diseases that commonly affect the older animal.

Note: A practical task demonstration: advising a client regarding weight reduction accompanies this module.