Providing Resources for Owners of Dogs & Cats of All Ages
Waiting until your dog or cat reaches the senior years to begin managing his or her health is as illogical as decreasing the amount of health care they receive as they age. Like humans, a managed health care program is necessary for dogs or cats of any age. The only difference—we, the owners, must take charge of it on their behalf.
Puppies & Kittens
For the first year of your pet’s life, he or she will be considered a puppy or kitten. Like newborn babies who have regularly scheduled visits to a pediatrician, a young pet should visit a veterinarian several times in their first year of life. The initial exam usually takes place within the first 6 to 8 weeks. During these visits, you can expect a comprehensive exam, core vaccinations to be administered, and advice on a variety of subjects.
Dogs & Cats
Between the ages of 1 and 7, most dogs and cats are considered adults. These are what we like to consider the “maintenance years,” because the diligence you put forth in managing their health will directly affect the quality of their senior years. Yearly checkups are a must, as are regular dental cleanings. Special attention should also be paid to your pet’s diet and exercise.
After the age of 7, many breeds of dogs and cats will be considered seniors. You may begin to notice your pet slowing down or even changes in his or her abilities. This shouldn’t be a time of melancholy, but rather one of diligence. We recommend that scheduled checkups be increased to twice per year in order to ensure your pet’s long-term vitality. We also encourage the use of alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and laser therapy, to assist with any pain or discomfort that comes along with the aging process.
For more information about our pet resources, or to make an appointment for your dog or cat of any age, we invite you to contact us today.