Senior dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Nutrition, lifestyle, and genetics all play a part in the aging process, just like people. Starting them off right with, regular check-ups, good nutrition and regular exercise will help prolong your pet’s life. You may notice signs of aging and have the common misconception that they are just “getting older.” Sometimes, the symptoms that we just shrug off to an aging pet can actually be signs of treatable diseases. There is so much we can do to help keep them healthier and happier longer!
When does a dog become a senior?
Depending on the breed of dog you have, will depend on when they are considered a senior. Small dogs are considered senior at age 10-11, where giant breed dogs are around 5-6 years of age. A general rule would be any pet over the age of 7 years of age should be monitored for changes and its medical care and lifestyle should be tailored accordingly.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Common senior dog health issues are dental disease, arthritis, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, eye disorders, endocrine disorders and cancer.
How should I care for my senior dog?
Senior dogs should be seen every 6 months for a complete physical examination and consultation with a veterinarian. This examination will include blood testing to help give the doctor an internal picture of how your pet’s organs are functioning. This will help us catch most diseases before they are uncontrollable. Early detection can help slow down the disease process and have your senior dog spending their golden years with you.