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As your dog moves in to their senior years it is crucial to make life as easy as possible for them – regular visits to the vet could help you achieve this

At What Age Is My Pet Dog A Senior?

Dogs reach senior dog status at different ages, depending on their size and breed:

  • Small Breeds – over 8 years
  • Medium Breeds – over 7 years
  • Large Breeds – over 7 years
  • Giant Breeds – over 5 years

As Your Dog Gets Older

As your pet dog ages, you may notice that their bodies begin to change over time. This can be quite normal but it is also important to be aware that there can be more than the ageing process going on.

Ageing means that your dog’s organs can start to show signs of wear and tear and as with any other health issue, these problems are best dealt with as early as possible.

Things To Watch Out For In Your Older Dog!


  • Problems eating
  • Loosing weight while eating properly
  • Increased appetite
  • Obesity
  • Drinking more / excessively
  • Incontinence


  • Exercise intolerance
  • Poor / reduced mobility
  • Lethargy / sleeping more
  • Eyesight / hearing problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Seizures or fits

Additional Information On Looking After A Senior Dog

At Moycullen Vet Clinic, we would advise that older dogs are examined twice annually to check their general health. A lot can happen in a year if you are approaching or over the 100 dog years old!

Please speak to any of the team at Moycullen Vet Clinic for an appointment especially if you have any concerns about your senior dog.

Registered Company: Independent Vet Care Ireland Ltd | Registered Number: 633559 | Registered Addr.: 2 Shelbourne Buildings, Crampton Avenue, Shelbourne Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 D04 W3V6