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Just like in humans, as pets age, the importance of health and wellness exams increases. At Callfield Companion Animal Clinical, we provide a range of senior pet care services. But just when does a dog or cat become a senior? How do our “years” compare with cat and dog years? What health issues are more common in aging pets? How can we best protect our older animals?
Most of us have heard that “x” amount of pets years equals a specific amount of human years. That's not exactly the case. First, it's important to understand that cats and dogs age differently. Larger breeds of dogs will also age faster than smaller ones. Generally, both dogs and cats are considered senior when they reach 7 years old.
Cats who are seven years would be 54 in human terms. Ten year old cats would be 63, and 15 year old cats would translate into being a 78 year old human. Cats who have reached the age of 20 would be like a human reaching 97 years of age.
Small dogs who are seven years old would be 44 in human years, while very large dogs of that same age would be 56 in human terms. Smaller dogs who are ten years old would be 56 human years old, while their larger breed friends would be 78. Once a small dog reaches 15, it's similar to a 76 year old human. Large dogs who celebrate their 15th birthday would be 115. You can appreciate 20 year old dogs when you recognize small breeds would be 96 and larger ones would be 120 in human years.
Interestingly enough, older pets should be screened for similar illness to that of older humans. Common diseases in geriatric pets include:
Like their human counterparts, senior pets are also more prone to broken bones, eyesight and hearing problems, and digestive problems. This is why wellness exams from our Wichita Falls vet becomes more important than ever when your pet reaches the age of seven.
The best thing you can do for your pets as they age is make sure they get routine wellness exams. While Callfield Companion Animal Clinic recommends annual pet wellness exams for young pets, those should increase to twice a year in old pets. We will check and monitor the health of your senior pet and potentially make nutritional changes or suggest medications to maintain their health and lifestyle. If your pet has reached that seven year senior threshold, it's time to pay even more attention to their health. Our Veterinarian at Callfield Companion Animal Clinic can help you do just that.
The time to make an appointment for your senior pet is now. Even if it has been a long time since your pet has seen a vet in Wichita Falls, there is still time to set a baseline of care. Call us at 940-692-7000. Callfield Companion Animal Clinic's clean. modern facility is located at 4304 Callfield Road in Wichita Falls, TX.