As your pet ages, they will require more consistent care. If your pet is
or older, we consider your dog or cat a senior pet. At Wishing Well Veterinary Hospital, we can provide senior pet care to make certain your older dog or cat has a smooth transition into their golden years, as well as perform lab testing and administer vaccinations as necessary. This enables our team to closely manage your senior pet’s care and maintain their quality of life.
How Does My Pet Age?
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
The Importance of Regular Exams
We recommend bi-annual wellness exams for senior pets, so our team can perform regular lab testing, physical evaluations, and provide vaccinations to ensure they have a clean bill of health. Senior pets are more vulnerable to certain disease or illness including:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Certain types of cancer
- MOBILITY AIDS – As your pet ages, they may have more difficulty moving around. Fortunately, you can provide stepping stools or ramps to provide your pet with easier access to a bed or couch. Area rugs can also help increase traction on slippery flooring.
- CONTINUOUS EXERCISE – Pets can benefit from exercise just like humans can. Taking your senior pet on short walks around the neighborhood can help prevent any weight gain, better their overall mood, and maintain their mobility.
- COMFORTABLE BEDDING – Having a comfy bed or spot to rest and relax throughout the day or during the night is a must-have for senior pets.
- HEALTHY DIET – Aging pets should eat food that is tailored to their age group for optimal digestion and caloric intake.
- PROPER NUTRITION – Your pet’s nutritional needs change as they age, and so senior pets should be provided with food targeted at their specific age group.
- CAREFUL SUPERVISING – If you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior or typical habits, it’s important to let your veterinarian know. These changes may seem subtle, but can indicate a potential health change as well.