Every Month Is Pet Wellness Month at Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic!
For millions of health-conscious Americans, the annual checkup has become a routine practice for all family members. Like people, dogs and cats benefit from routine wellness exams. But our animal companions differ in a very important way: pets age much faster than people.
On average, most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two. By age four, many pets are entering middle age. And by age seven, most dogs, particularly larger breeds, are entering their senior years. The charts below outline the estimated age of your pet in human years:
Regular Checkups for Early Intervention
Taking your dog or cat to the veterinarian once a year is the same as you seeing your doctor or dentist once every seven years! Because dogs and cats age so rapidly, significant health changes can occur in a short amount of time. The risks of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease, metabolic problems, and other serious conditions all increase with age.
We recommend that your pet receive a wellness exam every six months. This allows us to detect, treat, or even prevent problems before they become life threatening.
Prevent Many Pet Diseases
Prevention is the true goal of twice-a-year wellness exams. Examining your pet on a regular basis helps avoid preventable illnesses and diseases. In addition, your pet may never have to suffer from the pain associated with those diseases.
Pet wellness exams include screenings for a variety of potential diseases. These screenings are accompanied by an individualized risk assessment of your pet’s environment, including such considerations as:
- Where you live
- Emerging disease risks in your community
- Interaction with other pets and wildlife
- Travel plans
- Other lifestyle considerations
Regular wellness exams also help determine the proper prevention program with a vaccination schedule tailored specifically for your pet. By using personalized pet health protocols, we can pinpoint specific preventive health care needs for your special companion.
Find information about the pet aging process, disease prevention, and twice-a-year wellness exams at the Animal Veterinary Medical Association website.
Pet Wellness Plans for Life
We offer a handy chart that describes our suggested wellness plan for your dog or cat. View the plans or download and print to post at home for the entire family to enjoy.
- Cats—Feline Lifetime of Wellness Plan
- Dogs—Canine Lifetime of Wellness Plan
- Birds—If you own a pet bird, we offer comprehensive avian wellness care. Review this New Bird Exam handout for a brief description of the avian wellness services we offer. Visit our Avian Pet Services page for more about our approach to bird health care.
Human Equivalents for Pets
|Cat Years||Human Years|
The oldest recorded age of a cat = 34 years.
|Dog Years||Human Years (*dog size in lbs.)|
*Small = 0–20 lbs.; Medium = 21–50 lbs.; Large = 51–90 lbs.; Very Large = 90+ lbs.
The oldest recorded age of a dog = 29 years.
|7||Small–Medium: 44–47 years old
Large–Very Large: 50–56 years old
|10||Small–Medium: 56–60 years old
Large–Very Large: 66–78 years old8
|15||Small–Medium: 76–83 years old
Large–Very Large: 93–115 years old
|20||Small–Medium: 96–105 years old
Large–Very Large: 120 years old