How old is my dog?

Aging your dog in comparison to Humans


Notice that on the left side of the table are “Life Stages”.  Dogs, just like us, go through several life stages.  Our needs and our dog’s needs change depending on their life stage.

Choose your dog’s “life stage” below to find out what import things you can do to keep your dog healthy now and prepare for the future as your dog ages.

The experiences of birth and the speed at which young puppies grow and change would almost seem magical. Being able to enjoy this experience with a pet that you love is a very rewarding experience. Knowing how to prevent problems and give proper care will help insure a great experience with a wonderful outcome. Neonates are from the time puppies are born until they are about 6 weeks old but proper care begins even before conception.

Neonates have special needs and can be very susceptible to environmental extremes, nutritional insufficiencies and some diseases. Prevention and early detection of problems is the best way to insure happy and healthy puppies at an early age.

 

    • Insure dam is up to date on all vaccines prior to breeding
    • Check and comply with all AKC or other breed requirements to insure bad traits are not passed on
    • Insure you can easily find good homes for the puppies prior to breeding
    • Start feeding the mom a high quality puppy food 3-4 weeks prior to expected delivery
    • Insure dam is at a good body condition (not too fat or too skinny)
    • Set up a whelping and nursery area several days prior to whelping

        • Draft free, warm, quite area (minimize anything that may cause stress).

        • Guard rails to prevent puppies from being crushed, and material that is easy to clean and disinfect.

 

    • Read over and understand stages of parturition (giving birth), and know when and how to intervene and when to call a veterinarian when needed.
    • Insure the new born receive adequate colostrum.
    • Weigh puppies when born
    • Weigh daily for the first 14 days and record weights, then weigh every 3 days for the first month of life

        • Slight weight loss may be seen the first 24 hr. Thereafter there should be a gain of .03-.1 ounce gain daily per every lb of expected adult weigh

 

    • Young neonates cannot regulate body temperature very well, you need to maintain an environmental temperature of between 80 – 90 degrees for the first 4 weeks of life.

 

    • Broad spectrum de-wormer should be used starting and 3 weeks of age and then continued every 2 weeks until over 16 weeks of age.

 

    • The first set of vaccines are given at 6-8 weeks, an examination should also be done at this time.

 

    • Follow up vaccines are given every 3 weeks until the puppies are over 16 weeks old

This list should be used as a guide to help understand many of the important aspects of neonatal care. To completely understand each important area more information may be need. Please ask for more information on anything that may not be completely understood and we will be happy to help.

Congratulations on your new puppy! Getting a new puppy is like having a baby. They require training, patience, attention, medical care and lots of love! They will dig up your yard, potty on your rug and chew up your favorite shoes, but nothing compares to the love and devotion that comes from having a canine companion.

 

Your pet is considered a puppy from the time it is about 6 weeks old until about 12 months, and even up to 18 months for giant breeds.

 

Taking care of your puppy includes:

    • Doctor exams

 

    • Vaccinations

 

    • Parasite control

 

    • Training

 

    • Oral Care

 

    • Socialization

 

    • Grooming

 

    • Proper Nutrition

 

    • Having them spayed or neutered if you’re not planning to breed.

An exam by a doctor is extremely important to make sure that your puppy is healthy. Puppies can be born with problems that most new owners would never know about: such as heart issues and hernias. Vaccinations for your puppy are based upon your pet’s lifestyle and age. Puppies less than 9 weeks will need 4 sets of vaccines while older puppies will need less.

 

Your Veterinary staff is you best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your new furry family member. Ask us anything!

Now that you have vaccinated and spayed or neutered your furry friend, there are some very important things that you need to remember for the health of your dog. Training at this age is vital and is something you cannot skimp on. Make sure that your pet knows where to use the potty and how hard to play with you. Your dog is made to please its alpha; they will do what they can to get some praise from you. Work on this every day, and train the whole family as well! 

 

Your pet is considered a junior from 12-18 months in large breed dogs and 6-12 months old in small to medium breeds. Taking care of your junior includes:

    • Doctor exams
    • Vaccinations
    • Parasite control
    • Training
    • Oral care
    • Socialization
    • Grooming
    • Proper nutrition 

 

An exam by a doctor is extremely important to make sure that your junior is healthy. They need to have vaccinations every year, but more importantly they must have a yearly physical exam. Remember that one of their years is 5-7 of ours. They need to be dewormed monthly and have interaction with other people and pets. Socialization is vital at this age, without it, your dog could become fearful of new things.

 

Start brushing their teeth now with a soft toothbrush and pet toothpaste. It will be much easier to provide good oral care if they are used to having this done.

Our Wellness Dog packages will help you budget for your pets medical care for the year!

    • Dog package includes: Annual exam with vaccines, Heartworm test in-house, 2 injections of Pro-Heart (broad spectrum de-wormer), complete fecal exam and urinalysis for $16.95/month
    • Dog Plus package includes: Dog package above PLUS dental cleaning with pre-anesthetic blood work and dental radiographs for $37.95/month
    • Other discounts included with a wellness plan

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your furry family member. Ask us anything!

Your pet is in the prime of his/her life. For a small breed dog this stage is from 1-6 years old and a large breed dog from 18 months-4 years. You’ve made it through the puppy years and are now ready to relax and enjoy your companion. However, there are still preventative measures to be taken to ensure the health and longevity of your pet.

 

Taking care of your dog includes:

    • Doctor exams
    • Vaccinations
    • Parasite control
    • Oral care
    • Socialization/Training
    • Grooming
    • Proper nutrition

To be sure that your pet is as healthy as possible, you will need to bring them in every year for their Preventative Health Care Exam. This way we make sure to keep your pet healthy and address any problems while they are still minor. Your companion depends on you to do what is best for him/her.

Our Wellness Dog packages will help you budget for your pets medical care for the year!

    • Dog package includes: Annual exam with vaccines, Heartworm test in-house, 2 injections of Pro-Heart (broad spectrum de-wormer), complete fecal exam and urinalysis for $16.95/month
    • Dog Plus package includes: Dog package above PLUS dental cleaning with pre-anesthetic blood work and dental radiographs for $37.95/month
    • Other discounts included with a wellness plan

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your furry family member. Ask us anything!

A mature dog is defined as one who is around middle age. This age can range, depending on the size and breed of your dog, from around 4 to 9 years of age. Dogs of this age usually enjoy good health, but there are some things that can be done to monitor for disease that we see at increased frequency as aging occurs. 

 

Taking care of your mature dog includes:

 

    • Yearly Doctor exams
    • Vaccinations
    • Parasite control
    • Regular exercise/walks
    • Blood and urine panels
    • Oral care
    • Grooming
    • Adult nutrition/Weight monitoring
    • Arthritis

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 mature dog will help him/her enter their senior years in the best health 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!

    • Dog package includes: Annual exam with vaccines, Heartworm test in-house, 2 injections of Pro-Heart (broad spectrum de-wormer), complete fecal exam and urinalysis for $16.95/month
    • Dog Plus package includes: Dog package above PLUS dental cleaning with pre-anesthetic blood work and dental radiographs for $37.95/month
    • Other discounts included with a wellness plan

 

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your furry family member. Ask us anything!

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
    • Vaccinations
    • Parasite control
    • Blood and urine panels
    • Oral care

 

    • Grooming
    • Senior nutrition
    • Arthritis
    • 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

 

Click here to learn more about the Importance of Wellness Lab Testing.

A geriatric dog is defined as a dog that is at or beyond life expectancy. This age can range, depending on the size and breed of your dog, between 8 to 20+ years of age. We feel lucky to have our loved companion with us for this long at this life stage. We want to do everything we can to help the last part of their life be as comfortable, happy and active as possible. Veterinary care and exams can help us treat diseases and give a better quality of life to our geriatric pets. Taking care of your geriatric dog includes:

    • Semi-annual Doctor exams
    • Vaccinations
    • Parasite control
    • Arthritis
    • Blood and urine panels
    • Oral care
    • Grooming
    • Senior nutrition
    • Lumps & Bumps

Our pets age more quickly than we do and more frequent physical exams are necessary to be aware of their changing bodies, especially for geriatric pets. Geriatric dogs need a food formulated for seniors. They generally have higher quality (don’t mistake this for quantity) proteins to make the job of the kidneys easier.

 

End of life decisions are difficult and emotional. Physical exams, laboratory work, assessing pain and evaluating the ability we have to help geriatric pets have a better quality of life can all aid owners in this decision making process. Quality of life scales are also available.

 

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

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your aging furry family member. Ask us anything!