We are very fortunate that our dogs are living longer and healthier lives now, due to advances in food and medical care. As our dog’s age, their needs change. Older dogs are prone to a variety of age-related conditions that can be managed. Bi-annual examinations and blood tests are key in detecting these conditions early and assist in prolonging your dog’s life.
When is a dog considered a senior pet?
It depends on the size and breed of your dog, however, as a general rule 7-years-old is when we consider dogs seniors or ‘geriatric.’
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
Similar to ourselves, senior dogs suffer from health issues as they age. These issues include but are not limited to arthritis, urinary and kidney disease, dental conditions, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule regular checkups, exercise, etc.)
For a healthy senior dog, we recommend bi-annual checkups that include a blood and occasional urine test. These check-ups determine if we need to adjust anything in their routine care to help prolong their lives. We also recommend a senior-specific diet and keeping them both mentally and physically active.