Senior Dog Care

At Lone Oak Veterinary Clinic, we are determined to help your pet through every stage of life--from puppy to senior.

For dogs, the aging process varies in breeds and sizes. There is no specific age that your dog is considered a senior. Generally, large breeds are seniors at five years, medium breeds at seven years, and small and toy breeds at nine years.

During your dog's senior years, they may begin to experience health changes that can affect their mobility, comfort, and overall general health. Once your pet has reached their senior years, our doctors recommend a physical exam every six months. Additional tests may be required depending on your dog's age and health.

The rate of which dog's age is significantly faster compared to humans. Dramatic changes may occur in as little as three-to-six months. Signs to watch for in your senior dog:

  • Changes in hair coat quality
  • Decreased activity level or increased stiffness
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Depression or listless behavior
  • Increased heart rate or open-mouth breathing
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Signs of pain in movement or handling
  • Vomiting or abnormal stools
  • Wheezing and coughing

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office at (559) 732-4818.