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Today, pets are living longer than ever before. As a result, older pets can develop a variety of conditions and ailments which may be easily detected with annual blood work. We use senior testing to promote early detection and treatment of disease with the goal to maintain health and prevent illness during your pet’s senior years.
Early detection of disease often gives us more effective, less costly, and longer-lasting treatment options. Senior testing also helps establish baseline values for your pet, creating a point of comparison for the future.
When is my pet a senior?
There is no exact or specific age at which a dog becomes senior. Individual pets age at different rates. That being said, most dogs fall into the “senior” category between 7 and 10 years of age—most large/giant-breed dogs progress to the next stage of life earlier than small-breed dogs.
Cats are also living well into their teens or even their twenties. Again, there is no specific age at which a cat becomes a senior. Individual pets age at different rates. As a general guide, however the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has suggested the following age ranges to help you assess how the aging process may be affecting your cat’s health:
- Mature to middle-aged: 7 to 10 years
- Senior: 11 to 14 years
- Geriatric: 15+ years