As dog’s move into the senior phase of life, they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. Diseases and conditions that are commonly known to affect older people also affect our canine companions: kidney, heart and liver disease, cancer, diabetes and other hormonal conditions, arthritis, neurologic diseases, and a variety of metabolic conditions. In addition, dogs’ nutritional requirements can change as they age due to a change in their metabolic rates and nutrient need.

Comparative Ages of Dogs and Humans
Dog’s Age 0-20 lbs. 21-50 lbs. 51-90 lbs. >90 lbs.
5 Years 36 37 40 42
6 Years 40 42 45 49
7 Years 44 47 50 56
10 Years 56 60 66 78
12 Years 64 69 77 93
15 Years 76 83 93 115
19 Years 96 105 120

Your dog is considered to be a “senior” at 7 years of age, although small dogs do tend to have a longer life expectancy than medium and large breed dogs. Since dogs age more rapidly than people (see age chart), dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months.

Studies have shown that as many as 23% of senior dogs that appear healthy upon physical examination have underlying disease. Once signs appear, the conditions may be more difficult or costly to diagnose or treat.

Irvine Veterinary Services has developed a healthcare program specifically for our senior patients. Our goal is to maximize the length and quality of your pet’s life through nutritional counseling, careful evaluation of body systems, and detection of diseases and conditions early, when treatment and prevention are most effective.

Our Senior Wellness Package includes the following:
Complete Physical Exam Routine check of ears, eyes, skin, heart
and lungs, abdomen, etc.
Full Dental Exam Detects disease of the teeth and gums
Senior Blood Profile Checks organ function, red and white
blood cell counts, electrolyte levels,
screens for hormonal disease
Urinalysis Checks kidney function and screens
for urinary tract disease
Ultrasound of the Urinary Bladder Detects the presence of bladder
disease, tumors, and stones
Radiographic Study of Abdomen and Chest Checks the appearance of heart, lungs,
and abdominal organs. Screens for arthritis
and other skeletal diseases. The package
includes a CD of your pet’s
radiographs for you to keep
Diet Counseling Analysis of metabolic and nutrient
requirement specific to your dog
Bath, Nail Trim, Ear Clean, Anals Ensures your dog is clean on the
outside as well!

We recommend that these tests and counseling sessions take place at least once a year to ensure optimal healthcare and the best quality of life possible for your beloved pet.

IVS is dedicated to promoting a long and happy life for both you and your pet! Give us a call to set up an appointment for our Senior Wellness Package at either of our Irvine locations. For further information on senior wellness and care, visit the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) website,

Senior Canine Preventive Care Program

Annual Program Costs
20% Savings

This Program includes:

  • Two senior care exams* performed by one of our veterinarians
  • Annual Canine Senior Wellness Blood Panel (includes Heartworm Test and Urinalysis)
  • Annual Fecal Test for Intestinal Parasites
  • Core Vaccinations (Distemper, Rabies, Bordetella)
  • Two Pedicures

* The Senior Canine Preventive Care Program includes a second complimentary wellness exam valid for use within six months

IVS offers convenient drop-offs, morning and evening appointments 7 days a week.