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.