At Day Heights Veterinary Clinic, we’re here to help ensure your pet’s senior years are golden. Any pet aged 7 and older can be considered a senior pet and is more likely to develop serious health problems. We provide senior pet care to manage your senior pet’s health and help them age with grace. Early detection and prompt treatment can prevent any issues including dog or cat arthritis and diabetes, and better ensure your pet’s comfort.
When was your senior pet’s last wellness exam? Contact Day Heights Veterinary Clinic today to make an appointment!
Dog Years vs. Human Years
7 dog years = 44-56 years
10 dog years = 56-78 years
15 dog years = 76-115 years
20 dog years = 96-120 years
Cat Years vs. Human Years
7 cat years = 54 years
10 cat years = 63 years
15 cat years = 78 years
20 cat years = 97 years
What Is Senior Wellness Care?
Our pets age more rapidly than we do, which means senior pets require more frequent visits to the vet to track any changes in their health and help manage any existing conditions. Your veterinarian will perform a comprehensive physical examination, administer vaccinations and any necessary lab testing. We recommend bringing pets aged 7 and older to our animal hospital at least twice a year so we can check for any symptoms of diseases such as:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Certain types of cancer
- MOBILITY AIDS – If you notice your pet is having a hard time getting around, we suggest providing rugs to make walking over slippery floors a little easier. You can also place a ramp or a stool to aid older pets in reaching their favorite spot on the bed or couch.
- REGULAR EXERCISE – Making sure your pet gets the proper amount of exercise each day can help to improve their mood, maintain their mobility, and stop weight gain.
- COZY BEDDING – Pets deserve a comfortable place to rest, and a comfortable, supportive bed provides a great place for your dog or cat to sleep or relax.
- NOURISHING DIET – Nutrition is important for pets of all ages and senior pets should have a diet tailored specifically to their age and health conditions. Your veterinarian can also provide individualized recommendations.
- CLOSE MONITORING – As your pet ages, be sure to keep a close eye on any deviations in their behavior such as a change in their temperament, eating or drinking, and sleep or bathroom schedule, as this could signify a change in their health as well. Make certain to let your veterinarian know if you notice these or any other changes in your pet.