A few months ago my veterinarian asked if I wanted a geriatric screening on my schnauzer.
After I recovered from the shock of this question, I tried, in my mind, to calculate just how old she was and then put it into the dog-years equation fast enough that nobody would doubt that I was indeed her loving owner.
The American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) says that although it varies, small dogs are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans and are considered geriatric when they are approximately 6 years of age. My schnauzer is 7 years old and according to the AVMA, the human years equivalent is 44-47 years old. Geriatric at 44 years old is how I read this. In May she will be around 48 years old in people years.
In people years, my ‘geriatric’ dog is still younger than I am yet, she is geriatric and I am just grouped in the ‘Baby Boomer’ group of people who are still somewhat active and are more or less obsessed with retirement and everything has to go with it.
I can tell you that the matriarch of my pack of 4 is not slowing down.
She may be the smallest one in the bunch but, she is no geriatric boomer.
I told my vet that I did not want a geriatric screening done on her.
Partially because there may be a bit of denial that time has passed so fast. Mostly because I have been through the whole ‘dog needing medical attention for everything thing’ before and it is not something that I want to go through or want to put an animal through again. If something is going to happen, we will cross that bridge at that time and deal with it then. Kind of like dealing with the thought of retirement and everything that will come with it.