As our dog’s age increases in years, so do their needs. With regular veterinary care and better nutrition, our dogs are living longer than ever before. Along with this, comes the need to maintain our dog’s wellbeing and comfort throughout the ageing process.
When does a dog become a senior?
Large dogs (over 50 lbs.) are considered a senior at 7 years of age. Small dogs are considered a senior at 8 years of age.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Common issues seen in seniors including arthritis, heart disease, hypothyroidism, dental issues, Cushing’s disease, cataracts, cancer and obesity.
How should I care for my senior dog? (schedule regular checkup, exercise, etc.)
We recommend physical exams every 6 months for senior pets and blood testing annually. The blood testing screens for hypothyroidism, kidney disease, liver disease, Cushing’s disease and more. Dogs are very good at hiding when they are sick, so it is very important to do regular exams and blood testing to look for any signs of disease. It is important to not overfeed your senior pet, as dogs who are overweight are more likely to develop osteoarthritis. Regular walks keep your dog fit and content. A large dog like a Golden Retriever needs about 3-5 km daily, whereas a smaller dog such as Shih Tzu may only need 1-2 km per day.