Pets are like people in that they are living longer thanks to medical improvements. Your care and devotion are critical to them as they age. But how do you know when your pet is considered “old”? What types of healthcare issues might they encounter? At Oak View Animal Clinic, we can help answer those questions for you.
Senior Stages for Cats
A cat can be considered a senior between the ages of seven to 11 years old. In terms of people years, a seven-year-old cat is equivalent to a 54-year old human. A 15-year old cat is equivalent to a 78-year old human.
Senior Stages for Dogs
Small dogs can live as long as 20 years. Giant dogs can be considered seniors after only five or six years. Medium and large dogs can be regarded as seniors by ages seven to eight.
- A seven-year-old small to medium dog is equivalent to a human in their mid to late 40s
- A seven-year-old large to giant dog is equivalent to a human in their early to mid-50s.
- A 15-year old small to medium dog is equivalent to a human between the ages of 76 – 83.
- A 15-year old large to giant dog is equivalent to a human between the ages of 93 – 115.
A dog’s size has a lot to do with how they age.