Caring for senior cats and dogs

A elderly woman in a wheelchair pets a senior dog with its face in her lap

Better care means dogs and cats are living longer now than they ever have before—and, as pets get older, they need extra care and attention.

It's important to remember that age is not a disease. Although senior pets may develop age-related problems, you can help your pet live a happy, healthy, and active life in their senior years by providing for their physical, mental, and health care needs.

Regular veterinary examinations can detect problems in older pets, before those problems become serious or life-threatening, which can lead to a longer, healthier life for your pet.

Tools for veterinarians

Get the Senior pets client information brochure 

Also available in Spanish: Mascotas de Edad Avanzada

Did you know?

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not age at a rate of 7 human years per dog year.