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How old is your dog in people years?

The health of your pet can change rapidly as he or she ages.

Posted October 25, 2011 in Dog Checkups & Preventive Care

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Beginning at around age 7, many dogs enter their senior years. At this stage, dogs often begin to develop diseases common to their senior human counterparts, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypothyroidism, and cancer. In fact, one out of ten pets that appears healthy has an underlying disease.1   

First, identify your dog's real age using this chart. Then, discuss ways to keep your pet healthy with your veterinarian.

Dog Age Chart


Chart courtesy of Fred L. Metzger, DVM, DABVP

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.