A senior dog is defined as a dog that is between mature and geriatric. This age can range from 9 to 12 years for small and medium sized dogs and 6 or 7 to 11 years old for large dogs. Old age is not a disease; however we do see an increased incidence of disease in older age. The point of this statement is that age cannot be treated or changed but disease status can. Many people make the mistake of thinking their dog is just “getting old”, but do not have it examined to see if there is something causing the signs of “old age” that can be helped or fixed. Taking care of your senior dog includes:
- Semi-annual Doctor exams
- Parasite control
- Blood and urine panels
- Oral care
- Senior nutrition
- Lumps & Bumps
Pets can become overweight or obese if they are consuming too many calories and/or are not as active. This is a major problem in America’s pets and can decrease your dog’s quality of life by contributing to the development of arthritis and adding stress to their heart.
Taking good care of your senior dog will help him/her enter their geriatric years in the best health and comfort possible and extend a good quality life for your companion and friend. Yearly blood and urine panels can help detect problems early, increase the effectiveness of treatment and reduce the costs of those treatments.
The 6 most common problems we see as veterinarians that are easily preventable and treatable.
Our Wellness Dog packages will help you budget for your pets medical care for the year!
- Senior Dog package includes: Annual exam with vaccines, Heartworm test in-house, 2 injections of Pro-Heart (broad spectrum de-wormer), complete fecal exam, 2 senior blood work panels and urinalysis, semi-annual exam for $36.95/month
- Senior Dog Plus package includes: Dog package above PLUS dental cleaning with dental radiographs for $49.95/month
- Other discounts included with a wellness plan
https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Caring-for-an-Older-Pet-FAQs.aspxAVMA Senior Pet Q&As