Senior Dog

Like people, dogs are living longer. This is great news! We all treasure the companionship we share with our dogs. We hope to provide them with the longest, happiest lives possible.

How old is your dog in people years?

Age Weight
1-20 20-50 50-90 > 90
1 7 7 8 9  
2 13 14 16 18  
3 20 21 24 26  
4 26 27 31 34 adult
5 33 34 38 41  
6 40 42 45 49  
7 44 47 50 56  
8 48 51 55 64 senior
9 52 56 61 71  
10 56 60 66 78  
11 60 68 72 86  
12 64 69 77 93  
13 68 74 82 101  
14 72 78 88 108  
15 76 83 93 115 geriatric
16 80 87 99 123  
17 84 92 104 131  
18 88 96 109 139  
19 92 101 115    
20 96 105 120    
21 100 109 126    
22 104 113 130    
23 108 117      
24 112 120      
25 116 124      

 

Caring for your dog means more than treating problems  as they arise. Preventive care is the most important component of healthcare in all of the life stages. At seven years most dogs are considered seniors. At this life stage changes in physical condition and behavior inevitably occur.

 

What signs should I look for in my senior dog?

• Change in water consumption
(especially an increase)
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Change in appetite • Change in weight
• Lethargy or depression • Bad breath or difficulty eating
• Change in urine production
(especially an increase)
• Lumps or bumps on the skin
• Constipation • Decreased hearing or vision
• Loss of housetraining • Stiffness or difficulty rising
• Change in attitude
(irritability or confusion)

 

What can my veterinarian do?

Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital recommends a Senior Wellness Program for all dogs over seven years of age. The non-invasive tests in the program help us care for your senior dog in two ways. First, this program can identify possible health problems before they become life-threatening. Early testing and detection of medical problems allows for a more favorable outcome, or prognosis, and more cost-effective options.  Second, these tests will provide a baseline with which your veterinarian can measure changes should your dog become ill in the future.

Test Frequency Reason
Senior Super Senior
Doctor Exam Every 6 months Every 4 months Detect early signs of disease such as periodontal disease, obesity, heart disease, cataracts, arthritis, and cancer
Blood tests Annually Every 6 months Identify liver, kidney, pancreatic and thyroid disease, anemia, and cancer
Urinalysis Every 6 months Every 6 months Identify kidney disease and failure, infections, and diabetes
Blood pressure measurement Annually Every 6 months High blood pressure may lead to strokes, eye, or kidney disease
Tonometry Annually Annually Screening for glaucoma
Baseline X-Rays/ECG Annually Annually Detects heart and lung disease, arrhythmias, enlarged organs, and cancer

 

The Goal of Senior Care

The goal of senior care is simple. We want to help you maintain the highest quality of life for your dog and thereby enhance the bond that we all share. Together, we can make the senior years the most rewarding years for you and your dog to share with each other.