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January is Senior Pet Awareness Month

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before.9.jpg

A 7 year old dog or cat is equivalent to a 50 year old person. Many people are practicing preventive medicine for themselves and their pets at this age. This includes scheduling routine physical exams, breast exams, prostate exams, blood pressure checkups, blood panels and dietary changes. Dogs and cats need very similar preventive medicine at this age. Since they age approximately 5-7 years for every 1 year of human life, an 8 year old dog or cat is equivalent to a 56 year old person, and a 9 year old dog or cat is equivalent to a 62 year old person. This rapid yearly increase in equivalent age emphasizes the fact that we need to pay close attention to all dogs and cats as they move beyond 7 years of life.

Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is the most important step a pet owner can take to keep their furry friends as healthy and pain free as they can be. Senior care starts with a regular veterinary exam, which is needed for early detection and then hopefully the ability to delay the onset of diseases and many problems including hormonal and organ related conditions. AAHA recommends that even healthy senior dogs and cats visit their veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing when recommended.

During the senior health exam, your veterinarian will ask you a series of questions regarding any changes in your pet’s activity and behavior. We will also conduct a complete examination of all of your pet’s body systems.

Providing client education and laboratory testing are also key components of this senior exam. During January, we offer a comprehensive geriatric examination including a blood pressure evaluation, geriatric blood screening and full urine analysis.  Please call us for more details and for special pricing this month.

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