The rate at which your dog ages depends upon the size and breed of your dog. Although smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, they may mature more quickly in the first few years of life. How do you know when your dog is a “senior dog”? A rule of thumb is:
Large and Giant Breeds: Approximately Age 6-8
Medium-sized breeds: Approximately Age 8-10
Small and Toy breeds: Approximately Age 10-12
As dogs age, normal health-related changes occur that can affect their overall health, well-being and comfort. Many illnesses and injuries can be prevented from progressing into more serious conditions when detected early and managed properly. At West Hills Animal Hospital & Emergency Center, our goal is for you and your dog to enjoy the longest, healthiest life together.
We recommend a comprehensive exam at least every 6 months for your senior dog. Depending upon your dog’s age and health, we may also recommend additional testing, such as blood tests and urinalysis. Also, the senior dog exam is a wonderful time for you to discuss any age-related changes your dog may be experiencing or any concerns you have about your dog’s health or behavior with us. Our senior dog wellness package is inclusive.
Because dogs age more rapidly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months. If you notice any of the following signs, we recommend you schedule an appointment to have your dog evaluated:
Please call us today to schedule a wellness exam for your senior dog.
Clients of Locust Valley Veterinary Clinic never pay an additional emergency fee when being seen at West Hills Animal Emergency & Critical Care Center for after hour emergencies.