Caring for Senior Dogs vs. Younger DOgs


Things like arthritis are common in older dogs. Sometimes, accommodations to your home may be necessary.

When is a Dog Considered a Senior?


Reference: Rehm M. Seeing double. Veterinary Economics. 2007;48(10):40-48. Chart courtesy of Fred L. Metzger, DVM, DABVP. The above ages are intended as general guidelines only. Be sure to ask your veterinarian at what age she or he would consider your pet a senior or geriatric



Nutrients and hydration are very important parts of your senior's life, now. Drinking habits can say a lot about your dog's overall health.

Weight control


Weight gain in senior dogs is a pretty important health concern. As dogs age, they become less active meaning they burn fewer calories. Making sure that your dog is getting the adequate amount of food they need to maintain a healthy weight is important.

Dental care


Dental care is an important aspect in your dogs life, however, it becomes even more important as your dog ages. Things like gum disease and brittle teeth are more likely to occur in a senior dog.

Home Modifications


As your dog gets older, things as simple as standing up become difficult. Making a few alterations to your home can be beneficial and make your dogs last years more comfortable.

Quality Time with Your Senior


The most important thing, in my experience, is to spend quality time with your senior dog. A dogs health can deteriorate quickly. Dogs are very good at hiding their ailments and by the time they start to show signs of discomfort it is often too late.

Senior care can be different but the reward is invaluable