Hunter Animal Hospital
Hunter Animal Hospital Hunter Animal Hospital Monday - Friday 8AM - 5:30PM
Saturday 8AM - 12:30PM
Sunday & Major Holidays Closed
5246 W. 3500 S.
West Valley City, UT 84120
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Hunter Animal Hospital

Senior Dog Care

The size and breed of your dog influences the rate at which he or she ages.  Although smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, they may mature less quickly in the first few years of life.  A large dog is considered “senior” at age five, but small and toy breeds do not become “senior” until around age 10.  Medium-sized breeds become “senior” somewhere around the middle.

As our canine companions age, changes begin to take place in their bodies that can affect their overall health, well-being and comfort.  Many conditions can be prevented from progressing into more serious illnesses when detected early and managed properly. Our goal is for you and your dog to enjoy the longest, healthiest life together. 

We recommend a comprehensive exam at least every 6 months for your senior dog. Depending upon your dog’s age and health, we may also recommend routine annual blood tests and urinalysis.  The senior dog exam is a wonderful time for you to discuss with us any age-related changes your dog may be experiencing.

Because dogs age more rapidly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months. If you notice any of the following signs, we recommend you schedule an appointment to have your dog evaluated:

•Weight loss
•Decrease in appetite
•Bad breath or drooling
•Increased appetite, especially if accompanied by weight loss
•Excess urination
•Increased water intake
•Reduced exercise, increased stiffness, trouble jumping or walking
•Apparent pain when your dog moves or is handled
•Any vomiting, abnormal stool or decreased frequency of bowel movements
•A new lump or growth, especially if it appears to increase in size quickly
•Appearance of a “pot belly”
•Depression or listless behavior
•Excessive panting
•Heavy or rapid breathing when resting

Please call us today to schedule a wellness exam for your senior dog.