Veterinary Medical Center of Caldwell offers senior pet wellness plans tailored to the health, concerns, and lifestyle of senior-aged dogs and cats in the Caldwell, NJ area. We are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate veterinary care to pets of all ages and life stages. At VMC of Caldwell, we consider any dog or cat that is seven years old and up to be senior-aged.
Dog years vs Human years
7 dog years = 44 – 56 years
10 dog years = 56 – 78 years
15 dog years = 76 – 115 years
20 dog years = 96 – 120 years
Cat years vs Human years
7 cat years = 54 years
10 cat years = 63 years
15 cat years = 78 years
20 cat years = 97 years
Aging in Dogs and Cats
As pets age and enter into their senior life stage, they become more susceptible to diseases and infections. Some of the most common health issues among senior-aged pets include:
We recommend more frequent veterinary visits so your pet can see us for their senior wellness exam and routine laboratory testing. Biannual exams, performed every six months, help your veterinarian monitor your pet’s condition and diagnose possible disease processes at the earliest possible stage.
- MOBILITY AIDS – Older pets may have a more difficult time getting around if they are experiencing arthritis, stiffness, or pain. Placing ramps or stairs for furniture access and placing rugs on hard flooring can make your pet’s life easier and provide traction to help them navigate your home.
- EXERCISE – Though older pets begin to slow down; exercise is still important for their mental and physical health. Consistent exercise keeps dogs and cats mobile, boosts their mood, and helps to prevent weight gain.
- COMFORTABLE BEDDING – Soft and supportive bedding areas are important to keeping your pet comfortable, relieving joint pain, and promoting better sleep.
- HEALTHY DIET – Age-specific diets are essential to optimal digestion and caloric intake. Consult with your veterinarian for specific diet recommendations for your senior dog or cat.
- CAREFUL MONITORING – Pay close attention to your pet’s behavior and habits. Significant changes in their mood, eating, drinking, sleeping, and bathroom patterns may indicate underlying health issues. Call us, walk in, or request an appointment online to visit our animal hospital Caldwell, NJ regarding any concerns with your senior pet.