Your Pet’s Weight

Your pet’s weight affects its health

Your animal’s health status depends on its body weight. The old saying that one human year is equal to seven dog years is inaccurate. This chart designed by Dr. Fred Metzger will help you determine whether your pet is a senior or a geriatric by showing the animal’s relative age in human years.

Your pet’s age, according to weight.

Adult

Senior

Geriatric

Animal’s Age In Years 0-20# 21-50# 51-90# 90+#
6 40 42 45 49
7 44 47 50 56
8 48 51 55 64
9 52 56 61 71
10 56 60 66 78
11 60 65 72 86
12 64 69 77 93
13 68 74 82 101
14 72 78 88 108
15 76 83 93 115
16 80 87 99 123
17 84 92 104
18 88 96 109
19 92 101 115
20 94 105 120

Please decide the appropriate answers to help you better assess your older pet’s health.

Which describes your pet’s breath? Pleasant Not bad for doggie breath Unpleasant Really bad, needs mouthwash
Which best describes your pet’s weight? Too thin Normal weight Gained a few pounds Needs to lose
Which best describes your pet’s water consumption? Not a big drinker Normal Occasionally drinks a lot Always drinks a lot
Please circle any conditions that apply to your pet. Vomiting Hearing problems Constipation Incontinence
Difficulty jumping Coughing Difficulty with stairs Seizures
Vision problems Limping Behavioral problems Increased thirst
Frequent urination Diarrhea Skin growths Itchy skin

 

 If you found that you choose any of the last column of the first three questions, as applying to your pet, or any of the issues in the last question, there is a strong likelihood that your pet has some type of health issue that should be addressed. Waiting only increases the probability that the condition will get worse. Remember this adage as it relates to this situation; Preventing a fire is a lot easier than putting out a fire. Your pet’s health matters, get him/her checked out.