hospice (3)Your pet’s life expectancy is now greatly enhanced due to regular physical examinations, preventative vaccinations, good nutrition, and advances in veterinary medicine. Along with the longer lifespan that your pet can now expect, he or she may experience an increase in the number of diseases, including many curable or controllable problems.

As pets get older, they begin to have subtle problems that aren’t obvious to you or us. The only way to assess these is to perform specific tests to evaluate organ function. We recommend that all of our geriatric patients that are seven years of age or older take advantage of one of our geriatric programs. These programs include a semi-annual thorough physical exam and laboratory diagnostics as recommended by your pet’s veterinarian, which may include a complete blood count, blood chemistry profile, urinalysis and thyroid test, as well as possible radiographs (either x-rays or ultrasounds).

As in all health evaluations, early detection is the key as it allows for more and better treatment options. It is best to uncover any health problems before they become severe and more costly to manage. With our thorough senior wellness programs and optimum medical care, we can help pets stay happy and healthy for many years.

Age Table for Cats to People


Calendar YearsEquivalent Human Years
115
225
329
433
537
641
745
849
953
1057
Calendar YearsEquivalent Human Years
1161
1265
1369
1473
1577
1681
1785
1889
1993
2097

* The oldest recorded age for a cat is 34 years.

Age Table for Dogs to People


The following table matches dog years to human years. It takes into account the fact that dogs mature differently than people. It also takes into account the dog size, which is a strong factor in determining expected lifespan. However, this is just a rough indication since the other aging factors discussed above (e.g. breed) are not included in this table.
Calendar YearsUnder 20lbs20-50lbs50-90lbsOver 90lbs
(9 kg)(9-23kg)(23-41kg)(over 41 kg)
115151412
223242220
328292928
432343435
536384042
640424549
744475056
848515564
952566171
1056606678
1160657286
1264697793
13687482101
14727888108
15768393115
16808799123
178492104
188896109
1992101115
2096105120

* The oldest recorded age for a dog is 27 years.