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Senior Pet Care (FAQ) from AMVA.org

Gerry Molloy
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Senior Pet Care (FAQ) from AMVA.org

Postby Gerry Molloy » Fri May 01, 2015 2:54 pm

Excerpt from: Senior Pet Care (FAQ) from AMVA.org (American Veterinary Medical Association)

As a result of improved veterinary care and dietary habits, pets are living longer now than they ever have before. One consequence of this is that pets, along with their owners and vets, are faced with a whole new set of age-related conditions. In recent years there has been extensive research on the problems facing older pets and how their owners and vets can best handle their needs.

Q: When does a pet become "old"?

A: It varies, but cats and small dogs are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans and are considered geriatric when they are approximately 6 years of age. Owners tend to want to think of their pet's age in human terms. While it is not as simple as "1 human year = X cat/dog years", there are calculations that can help put a pet's age in human terms:

Cat <> Human Equivalents for Older Pets (in years)
Cat Human
7 <> 45
10 <> 58
15 <> 75
20 <> 98

Dog years 7
Small – Medium: Human years 44-47
Large – Very large: Human years 50-56
Dog years 10
Small – Medium: Human years 56-60
Large – Very large: Human years 66-78
Dog years 15
Small – Medium: Human years 76-83
Large – Very large: Human years 93-115
Dog years 20
Small – Medium: Human years 96-105
Large: Human years 120

Possible Behavior Changes in Older Pets
- Increased reaction to sounds
- Increased vocalization
- Confusion
- Disorientation
- Decreased interaction w/humans
- Increased irritability
- Decreased response to commands
- Increased aggressive/protective behavior
- Increased anxiety
- House soiling
- Decreased self-hygiene/grooming
- Repetitive activity
- Increased wandering
- Change in sleep cycles

Full article at: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pag ... -FAQs.aspx

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