Senior & Geriatric Dogs

Senior Dogs Health and Wellness #OLDDOGSRULE

Your best friend is a little slower on her walks, but she still loves to play. She sleeps more and her joints ache a bit, but she is as happy as she was the day you first met. She has become a little grey in the face, but she never complains. She is a member of an elite crowd and you wouldn’t have it any other way because you know Old Dogs Rule.

Thanks to improved veterinary care and advances in canine health research, our dogs are living longer than ever before. Senior and geriatric dogs need specialized care and the AKC Canine Health Foundation's (CHF) Senior Dog Health and Wellness portal provides articles and podcasts about health resources and cutting-edge research to help our four legged friends grow old gracefully.

Currently, roughly 40% of veterinary clients are classified as senior dogs. According to the Metzger Animal Hospital Age Chart developed by Dr. Fred Metzger, which takes into account not only your dog's age, but also their weight, a 55 pound dog who is eight years old would be roughly equivalent to a person who is 55 years old.  Generally speaking, most veterinarians begin to classify dogs as seniors around age eight.

How Can I Get Involved & Help Spread the Word that Old Dogs Rule?

Help celebrate the joy senior dogs bring to our lives! Post a photo to your social media account and encourage your friends to do the same. Include a few short sentences explaining why your #OldDogsRule.

Consider adopting a senior dog. Often overlooked, senior dogs can be wonderful additions to a family. Many breed rescue groups are actively looking for homes for senior dogs, as are local shelters.  

Make a donation to support Senior Dog Health and Wellness and let people know that Old Dogs Rule. You can directly impact the life expectancy and the quality of life for all dogs by helping to fund research for senior and geriatric veterinary patients.

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During September and October we will be publishing articles and podcasts that specifically address senior dog health and wellness concerns. Links to each of these resources will be added to this page and you can also find them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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