Is My Dog A Senior?

Have you ever wondered exactly when your dog is considered to be a senior? The answer is that it depends on the dog! Most experts consider dogs to be “Senior” in the last third or quarter of their life expectancy. Life expectancy varies, depending upon factors such as the breed and size of the dog. Larger dogs usually have a shorter lifespan than smaller dogs. In general, a dog can be considered “mature” or “senior” at 7 years of age and older.  This also varies by dog; there are dogs in their teens that are still lively and active, while younger dogs, especially those with medical issues, may already show signs of slowing down.

Some ways you can make sure your senior dog remains happy and healthy include regular dental care, feeding a high-quality nutritious pet food, and exercise.  Regular veterinary care is even more important for senior dogs so potential health issues can be identified and treated early.

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  • Jude says:

    Dogs are pups until they are no longer with us. Both mine, even when older
    and sick ran and played, more so, they had eyes that would light up a room.
    Filled with love. Always pups, no matter how old they are. Treating them right,
    feeding them well, and making sure they are cared for are ingredients to happy
    puppies, even when they would be considered \senior\.

  • Sandi Wilson says:

    Our 2 Rotty’s found my husband at a job site 9 years ago. We kept one and gave the other to a friend. We kept “Nita” and had her spayed as soon as she was healthy enough to withstand the surgery (she was only 1/3 of what her weight should have been). She was about a year old. That was 9 years ago and she is in good health. The vet is very, very pleased as are we. He said that with the care she has been getting she could live to be 12 to 14 years old. She is about 10 years old and shows only 2 signs of aging: Her muzzle is white and she sleeps more, but she can still get through her doggie door at a dead run, and is as protective of me as she has been from the the first day she came into our lives.

    Our secret? No people food. She eats her main meal at breakfast (for senior dogs) and then a smaller meal at dinner. Though she shows no signs of hip and elbow displasia, we give her a supplement of glucasamine twice a day. Plenty of fresh water. And lots, lots, lots of love and validation. She has a large backyard and an A/C inside, with a doggy door for her leisure. I massage her hips about 3 to 4 times a week. The vet says he doesn’t know if it helps, but it surely can’t hurt and makes our bond even closer.

    Peace to you and your’s,
    Sandi Wilson

  • Our dog Riley is now 9 years old and considered a Seniour citizen . I noticed he has slowed down some what . We take him to the dog park regulary and he runs around but not like he used too. His joints are getting hurtfull so we have him on medicine for that . His teeth are great ! He has accuired 2 fatty tumers which we are watching to make sure they don,t grow but otherwise he is as lazy as he,s always been . We do take him for about a 2 mile walk daily for both him and us . Most of all we just give him lots of love in these his ”seniour years”!!!

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