Senior Pet Care
at Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center

Specialized Care for the Golden Years of Your Pets

As pets age, their healthcare needs become more complex. At Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center, we offer dedicated senior pet care to address the unique challenges faced by older pets. Our goal is to ensure they enjoy their golden years with the best quality of life possible.

Frequency of Veterinary Visits for Senior Pets

As pets enter their senior years, they require more frequent veterinary check-ups to manage age-related health issues effectively. It is recommended that senior pets:

  • Visit the Veterinarian at Least Twice a Year: Regular check-ups every six months help monitor the ongoing health of your senior pet and catch any emerging health issues early.
  • Undergo Comprehensive Senior Wellness Exams: These exams are more in-depth than routine check-ups and typically include blood work, urinalysis, and specific screenings for common age-related diseases such as kidney disease, heart disease, and arthritis.

Common Health Issues in Senior Pets

Senior pets often face a variety of health challenges, including:

  • Arthritis and decreased mobility
  • Kidney, heart, and liver diseases
  • Cancer
  • Dental problems
  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Cognitive dysfunction

Managing Health in Senior Pets

Effective management of these conditions may involve a combination of lifestyle adjustments, medications, specialized diets, and possibly surgery. Key elements of senior pet care include:

  • Dietary Management: Adjusting your pet's diet to suit their reduced energy needs and specific health issues.
  • Pain Management: Providing medications or therapies like acupuncture or massage to manage pain from arthritis or other conditions.
  • Regular Exercise: Keeping them moderately active to maintain joint health and muscle tone.

Top 10 Breeds and Their Life Expectancies

Understanding the life expectancy of your pet can help in planning for their senior years. Here are the top 10 breeds of dogs and cats along with their average life expectancies:


  • Chihuahua: 12-20 years
  • Jack Russell Terrier: 13-16 years
  • Poodle: 10-18 years
  • Dachshund: 12-16 years
  • Beagle: 12-15 years
  • Shih Tzu: 10-18 years
  • Labrador Retriever: 10-12 years
  • Golden Retriever: 10-12 years
  • German Shepherd: 9-13 years
  • Bulldog: 8-12 years


  • Siamese: 15-20 years
  • Maine Coon: 10-13 years
  • Ragdoll: 12-17 years
  • Persian: 12-17 years
  • Russian Blue: 15-20 years
  • Burmese: 16-18 years
  • American Shorthair: 15-20 years
  • Sphynx: 8-14 years
  • Bengal: 12-16 years
  • British Shorthair: 12-20 years

Reach Out for Senior Pet Care

If your senior pet needs a check-up, or if you have concerns about their health, contact Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center at 907-745-8437. We are here to provide compassionate care tailored to the needs of older pets.
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