Our pets age much faster than we do. In order to help them age gracefully, we need to pay attention for signs of any developing problems. In their golden years certain health issues arise more commonly, like mobility issues, dental problems, changes in behaviour, loss of kidney function and the appearance of growths. We know what to look for, and we will suggest the right diagnostics to identify and manage those diseases effectively.
When do our pets become senior?
It varies, but cats and small dogs are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans and are considered geriatric when they are approximately 6 years of age. Owners tend to want to think of their pet’s age in human terms. While it is not as simple as “1 human year = X cat/dog years”, there are calculations that can help put a pet’s age in human terms.
Age: Human equivalents for older pets
|Human Years||Cat Years|
|Human years (*dog size lbs)||Dog Years|
|Small – Medium: 44-47|
Large – Very Large: 50 -56
|Small – Medium: 56-60|
Large – Very large: 66-78
|Small – Medium: 76-83|
Large – Very large: 93-115
|Small – Medium: 96-105|
The oldest recorded age of a cat is 34 years. The oldest recorded age of a dog is 29 years.
In order to help them age gracefully, senior pets require increased attention, including more frequent visits to the vet, possible diet changes and in some cases, alterations in their home environment.
Common health issues in senior pets:
- Mobility issues
- Dental problems
- Changes in behaviour
- Kidney/urinary tract disease
- Heart disease
- Endocrine disease (diabetes, Cushing’s, thyroid disorders)