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Insurance for Senior Pets

PetFirst is proud to offer the same great insurance coverage and benefits to older pets. Our Lifetime plan is available to dogs and cats, ages 8 weeks and older, with no maximum age limitations. You can enroll your pet at any age and continue coverage throughout your pet's golden years. 

Caring for Senior Pets

Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, disease prevention and education on being a responsible pet owner, our pets are living longer than ever before. With this, however, comes more extensive age-related conditions and illnesses. Many congenital and hereditary conditions don't manifest until later in a pet's life, and treatments for these and other common ailments like cancer, arthritis, dementia and eye issues such as cataracts can be prohibitively expensive. Many of these require ongoing medical care to keep your dog or cat pain-free and healthy.
 

Older Pet Care Considerations

  • Increased Veterinary Care
    • Geriatric pets should have semi-annual visits so any signs of illnesses or issues can be detected early and treated
  • Diet & Nutrition
    • Older pets need foods that are more easily digested and have different caloric levels, ingredients and anti-aging nutrients
  • Weight Control
    • Weight gain increases their risk for other health problems (biggest concern for cats)
  • Parasite Control
    • An older pet's immune system isn't as healthy and reactive as those of younger animals- so they cannot fight off diseases or heal as quickly
  • Maintaining Mobility
    • Making sure pets receive appropriate levels of exercise keeps them healthy and mobile
  • Vaccinations
    • Talk to your veterinarian about vaccines that may be appropriate for older pets
  • Mental Health
    • Older pets can show signs of senality and keeping them active and engaged helps keep their mental acuity high
  • Environment
    • Lifestyle changes may be needed as pets age- avoiding stairs, more time indoors, not moving furniture for pets with deteriorating vision, etc.
  • ​​Reproductive Diseases
    • Pets that are not spayed/neutered have higher risk of developing mammary, testicular and prostate cancers
*According to the American Veterinary Medical Association


Senior Dogs

Dog's Age Human Age Equivalent
Dog Size Age Comparison
7   Small-Med 44 - 47 yrs 
  Large- XL 50 - 56 yrs 
10   Small-Med 56 - 60 yrs 
  Large- XL 66 - 78 yrs 
15   Small-Med 76 - 83 yrs
  Large- XL 93 - 115 yrs
20   Small-Med 96 - 105 yrs
  Large- XL 120 yrs 

Small (0-20 lbs); Medium (21-50 lbs);
Large (51-90 lbs); XL (90 lbs+)


*According to the American Veterinary Medical Association



Common Senior Dog Accidents & Illnesses
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Arthritis
Vestibular
Syndrome
Periodontal
Disease
Diabetes
Blindness
Cancer
Seizures
Cataract
Heart
Disease
Renal
Failure
Tumors
Dementia
Addison's
Disease

*based on average claims from PetFirst policyholders

 

Senior Cats

Cat's Age Human Age Equivalent
7  45
10   58
15   75
20   98


*According to the American Veterinary Medical Association

 

Common Senior Cat Accidents & Illnesses
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Arthritis
Pancreatitis
Diabetes
Renal
Failure
Hyperthyroidism
Liver 
Disease
Periodontal
Disease
Anemia
Heart
Disease
Obesity
 
 
 

*based on average claims from PetFirst policyholders

 
Because many of the procedures that older pets require can be so costly, a growing number of pet parents are forced to choose "economic euthanasia" and put their beloved dogs and cats down because they can't afford the treatments that will help them live and thrive. PetFirst's pet insurance plan overview, with coverage for hereditary, congenital and chronic conditions, is here to help you avoid a future where you have to make a choice like that by shouldering some of the financial burden.

Learn more about Senior Pet Care.

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