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.
|Animal’s Age In Years||0-20#||21-50#||51-90#||90+#|
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.