So when is your pet considered a senior? Just as no two pets are alike, senior status varies according to breed and your pet’s life experiences. Generally, dogs over the age of 8 are considered senior. Giant breeds like Mastiffs or Great Danes achieve this status sooner. Toy breeds may not be considered senior until they are 9 or 10. Cats are classified as senior when they reach age 7.
Unless a medical problem arises that requires closer attention, your pet will continue to have regular, yearly exams. The only difference is that we may recommend more frequent blood work, urinalysis, or intestinal parasite screening. Your veterinarian may also begin to discuss age-related health problems, such as: