Senior Dog

Like people, dogs are living longer. This is great news! We all treasure the companionship we share with our dogs. We hope to provide them with the longest, happiest lives possible.

How old is your dog in people years?

AgeWeight
1-2020-5050-90> 90
17789 
213141618 
320212426 
426273134adult
533343841 
640424549 
744475056 
848515564senior
952566171 
1056606678 
1160687286 
1264697793 
13687482101 
14727888108 
15768393115geriatric
16808799123 
178492104131 
188896109139 
1992101115  
2096105120  
21100109126  
22104113130  
23108117   
24112120   
25116124   

 

Caring for your dog means more than treating problems  as they arise. Preventive care is the most important component of healthcare in all of the life stages. At seven years most dogs are considered seniors. At this life stage changes in physical condition and behavior inevitably occur.

 

What signs should I look for in my senior dog?

• Change in water consumption
(especially an increase)
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Change in appetite• Change in weight
• Lethargy or depression• Bad breath or difficulty eating
• Change in urine production
(especially an increase)
• Lumps or bumps on the skin
• Constipation• Decreased hearing or vision
• Loss of housetraining• Stiffness or difficulty rising
• Change in attitude
(irritability or confusion)

 

What can my veterinarian do?

Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital recommends a Senior Wellness Program for all dogs over seven years of age. The non-invasive tests in the program help us care for your senior dog in two ways. First, this program can identify possible health problems before they become life-threatening. Early testing and detection of medical problems allows for a more favorable outcome, or prognosis, and more cost-effective options.  Second, these tests will provide a baseline with which your veterinarian can measure changes should your dog become ill in the future.

TestFrequencyReason
SeniorSuper Senior
Doctor ExamEvery 6 monthsEvery 4 monthsDetect early signs of disease such as periodontal disease, obesity, heart disease, cataracts, arthritis, and cancer
Blood testsAnnuallyEvery 6 monthsIdentify liver, kidney, pancreatic and thyroid disease, anemia, and cancer
UrinalysisEvery 6 monthsEvery 6 monthsIdentify kidney disease and failure, infections, and diabetes
Blood pressure measurementAnnuallyEvery 6 monthsHigh blood pressure may lead to strokes, eye, or kidney disease
TonometryAnnuallyAnnuallyScreening for glaucoma
Baseline X-Rays/ECGAnnuallyAnnuallyDetects heart and lung disease, arrhythmias, enlarged organs, and cancer

 

The Goal of Senior Care

The goal of senior care is simple. We want to help you maintain the highest quality of life for your dog and thereby enhance the bond that we all share. Together, we can make the senior years the most rewarding years for you and your dog to share with each other.