As your dog ages, you’ll notice many changes in the appearance and behavior of your pet. While most of this is completely normal, it is important to monitor your dog to make sure that they are still healthy and eating well in their old age. If you are a senior dog owner, find out senior dog care tips and guidelines here.
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?
Dog’s weight in Pounds
Equivalent Human’s Age
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?
Gresham Animal 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.
Doctor Exam Every 12 months Every 6 months Detect early signs of disease such as periodontal disease, obesity, heart disease, cataracts, arthritis, and cancer Blood tests Annually Every 6 months Identify liver, kidney, pancreatic and thyroid disease, anemia, and cancer Urinalysis Every 12 months Every 12 months Identify kidney disease and failure, infections, and diabetes Blood pressure measurement Annually Every 6 months High blood pressure may lead to strokes, eye, or kidney disease Tonometry Annually Annually Screening for glaucoma Baseline X-Rays/ECG Annually Annually Detects 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.
Gresham Animal Hospital has been providing loving care to our patients and their owners since 1944. We are the oldest Animal Hospital in East County and growing. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your senior pet needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines, give us a call at 503.666.1600.
“You’ll see how much we know, and you’ll know how much we care.”