This varies from breed to breed. Generally, the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan and thus the earlier they are considered a ‘senior’. For most dogs though, changes start occurring around 7-8 years of age with the exception of the giant breeds.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Aging pets may experience changes in their mobility, eyesight and hearing ability. Also, they become more prone to various disease processes such as changes to their thyroid, as well as liver and kidney changes.
How should I care for my senior dog?
Ideally our senior pets should be examined twice per year in order to take a proactive approach to their healthcare and make necessary changes in a timely fashion. In terms of home care, keeping their nails trimmed and providing non-slip surfaces can help them get around. Raising food bowls and providing ramps as well as gates in front of stairs to avoid slips are other at home modifications that can help.