We choose an average age for dogs that we consider “senior” and when we may start to see signs of illness due to ageing. Every dog is different when it comes to senior care, and it is important to discuss your individual dog’s needs with your veterinarian.
When does a dog become a senior?
Depending on the size and breed of your dog this may vary. In general, small to medium size dogs may be considered senior at eight years of age and large or giant breeds at around six years of age.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Common health problems in senior dogs are heart disease, joint issues – arthritis, kidney or liver disease, behavioural changes – senility, dental disease and cancer.
How should I care for my senior dog? (Schedule regular checkup, exercise, etc.)
Annual blood testing called Wellness testing helps alert us to potential health problems early. Consider a diet change based on those blood results veterinarian recommendations. Address obesity issues and talk to your vet about treating arthritis pain. Encourage them to drink plenty of water. Keep up with daily exercise, but you may have to consider less lengthy but more frequent exercise.