Senior Pets Live Longer & Healthier Lives with Pet Care from Pacific Animal Hospital

With improved nutrition, advanced technology, and excellent veterinary care, our pets are healthier and living longer than ever before. However, as pet lifespan increases, we see a greater probability of age-related pet diseases or conditions. Some of these age-related concerns include:

Senior Pet Care in Oceanside and Carlsbad CA
  •   Diabetes
  •   Osteoarthritis
  •   Kidney, heart, and liver disease
  •   Cancers and tumors
  •   Thyroid imbalance
  •   Weight and mobility challenges
  •   Behavioral concerns
  •   Dental disease

To address these concerns, the veterinary team at Pacific Animal Hospital follows a set of Senior Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats developed by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). These guidelines are the gold standard in senior pet care, raising the bar for veterinary care of your aging animal companion.

The AAHA Senior Pet Care Guidelines recommend a complete exam and laboratory testing every 6 months. Dogs and cats age far more rapidly than humans; therefore, pet diseases develop and progress in a relatively short period of time. This pet age chart demonstrates the accelerated aging of pets compared to their human owners.

Age Comparison Chart for Dogs & Cats

Real Age in Years

Small Dog:
1–20 lbs.

Medium Dog:
21–40 lbs.

Large Dog:
41–90 lbs.

Giant Dog:
90+ lbs.

Cats

1

15
years old

15
years old

14
years old

12
years old

24
years old

3

28
years old

29
years old

29
years old

28
years old

42
years old

5

36
years old

38
years old

40
years old

42
years old

48
years old

8

48
years old

51
years old

55
years old

64
years old

57
years old

10

56
years old

60
years old

66
years old

78
years old

63
years old

12

64
years old

69
years old

77
years old

93
years old

69
years old

15

76
years old

83
years old

93
years old

115
years old

78
years old

Pet age data from the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

Senior Health Exams

First, we discuss your observations and concerns, especially any changes in condition or behavior since your last check-up. Your careful observations and reporting, combined with the skills of our professional team, are critical in maintaining the health and vigor of your senior pet.

Next, the veterinarian will perform a thorough hands-on physical examination looking for signs of developing conditions or abnormalities.

Then, diagnostic laboratory testing is performed, typically including a urinalysis, complete blood count, blood chemistry panel, and a fecal exam. Other tests such as X-rays or ultrasound may be needed, especially if your dog or cat is displaying signs of illness or discomfort.

Finally, the doctor will carefully go over all of the information gathered and partner with you to formulate a plan to improve and maintain your senior pet’s health.

Complete our Online Senior Wellness Survey or download, print, and complete the PDF Senior Wellness Survey to bring to your next exam. This information will assist us in identifying any developing problems and creating a plan that meets your mature pet’s needs.

Contact our office to schedule your Senior Exam or if you have questions or concerns about your mature dog or cat.

Dr Caskey

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