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Is Your Pet REALLY a Senior?! Already??

Winnie the small dog receiving kisses from a veterinarian at American Pet Hospital

Certain breeds are considered seniors as young as 5 years of age! According to experts:

  • Cats are considered seniors at 7-10 years old

  • Small and Medium breed dogs (50 pounds or less) are seniors at 7 years of age

  • Large breed dogs (51 – 90 pounds) are considered seniors at 6 years of age

  • Giant breed dogs (over 91 pounds) are considered seniors at just 5 years old

It is just as important for your pet to visit his/her doctor regularly as it is for you. Healthy senior pets should see their veterinarian at least every 6 months. This is so important because signs of disease or other health risks are much easier to detect and therefore can be treated earlier on. It also promotes a long and healthy life for your best friend.

When Winnie (as seen in the photo below) comes in for her senior wellness exam, Dr. Pond does a full physical exam. This exam allows him to assess many things, from an orthopedic exam to assess joints and possible arthritis or muscle weakness, to listening to her heart and lungs to check for any abnormalities.

Along with a full physical exam, a routine senior wellness blood panel is recommended at least once a year. This blood work is designed to check your pet for potential signs of disease as well as to assess his/her liver and kidney function, things that cannot be assessed without this crucial lab work.

The best feeling in the world is knowing you are doing your best to take care of those you love, including the furrier members of your family! And they are so appreciative of everything you do for them!