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Is your Pet a "Senior"?

April 22, 2011

We often think of our pets as our children, but in fact, you pet’s “real” age, may be more than your own!!   In the lives of animals…age truly is more than just a number! Dogs and cats age so rapidly that dramatic changes in their health can occur in as little as 3 – 6 months. 
 
“7 human years for every dog year” is the general rule most people are familiar with. The truth is that small dogs age at a different rate than medium and larger dogs. Here’s a glimpse at the aging rate in dogs and cats:
 
Dog’s Age
0-
20lbs
21-50lbs
51-90lbs
>90lbs
 
5
 
36
 
37
 
40
 
42
 
6
 
40
 
42
 
45
 
49
 
7
 
44
 
47
 
50
 
56
 
10
 
56
 
60
 
66
 
78
 
12
 
64
 
69
 
77
 
93
 
15
 
76
 
83
 
93
 
115
 
20
 
96
 
105
 
120
 
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Cat’s
Age
Equivilent
Human years
 
1
 
15
 
2
 
24
 
5
 
36
 
7
 
45
 
12
 
64
 
15
 
76
 
18
 
88
 
21
 
100

 
 
At Town & Country, we feel that by age 7 most animals could begin to benefit from running senior blood work during the annual physical exam. Even if your pet seems healthy, choosing an age to begin looking at what’s going on inside, gives us a benchmark from which to measure future test results or health issues. Additionally, often times the gradual onset of disease goes unnoticed. Submitting a blood screen to the laboratory can sometimes catch things going on in our pet’s bodies before we can see it with our eyes. And since animals can’t speak for themselves to allow us information on how they’re feeling, this is one element of gauging their health that is quick and easy. 
 
Running Senior Blood work is just a part of promoting your pet’s overall health. In addition, proper nutrition, exercise, routine dental care, vaccinations and grooming are key elements in having a healthy and happy pet. And, as always, continued use of heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention is vital. 
 
Please ask the doctor during your next visit about when is a good time to start thinking about ‘senior’ care for your pet!