Dogs age much faster than humans. Fortunately, with improved nutrition and advancements in veterinary medicine, they are living longer than ever. We are here to guide you through the aging process and help keep your dog healthy and fit for as many years as possible.
When is a dog considered a senior pet?
Different breeds of dogs age at different rates. Generally speaking, dogs are considered senior at about 7 years of age, but for giant breeds we consider 5 years of age to be senior. Dogs of age 10 years and up require geriatric care.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
Joint ailments, dental disease, impaired liver and kidney functions, weight gain, vision and hearing loss are amongst some of the more common health issues for senior dogs. Regular examinations and wellness check-ups can assist us with early detection of age-related problems. When treated early, sometimes we can slow the progression of disease and help to keep your dog more comfortable during their senior years.
How should I care for my senior dog?
Annual examinations and blood tests are an essential factor in caring for senior pets. Bi-annual examinations are recommended for geriatric patients over age 10-12 and for any pets with ongoing chronic medical conditions that need to be monitored more regularly. Our veterinarians will make recommendations about diet, supplements, and exercise customized to your senior dog’s needs.