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, kidney disease 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. [Find out what to expect from a senior dog checkup.]
1. Rehm M. Seeing double.Veterinary Economics. 2007;48(10):40-48.
Chart courtesy of Fred L. Metzger, DVM, DABVP. The above ages are intended as general guidelines only. Be sure to ask your veterinarian at what age she or he would consider your pet a senior or geriatric.
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.