Twice a year for life! That's the message of National Pet Wellness Month, an animal health campaign waged by the American Veterinary Medical Association with support from Fort Dodge Animal Health.
Pets age up to seven times faster than people. By age two, most pets have already reached adulthood. At age four, many are entering middle age. And by age seven, many dogs, particularly larger breeds, are considered “senior”.
What does this mean for your pet? First, because dogs and cats age more rapidly, dramatic health changes can occur in a very short amount of time. Second, as they age, pets can experience the same aches, pains, and other health problems associated with aging in humans. Older dogs and cats are at higher risk for diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer and other serious conditions.
Many of these health problems are treatable if diagnosed in time, but unfortunately, many pets don’t see the veterinarian as often as they should. Taking your dog or cat to the veterinarian once a year is the same as a person seeing a doctor or dentist just once every seven years! You wouldn’t wait seven years to see your doctor for a checkup. So why wait a whole year to have your pet examined by a veterinarian? Twice a year for life!
Twice-a-year wellness exams allow your veterinarian to detect, treat, and help prevent problems before they become life-threatening. They also provide you with the opportunity to ask your veterinarian questions about nutrition, behavior, dental health, or other issues. Make sure your best friend sees the veterinarian at least twice a year. Contact your veterinarian and schedule your pet’s six-month wellness exam today. Visit www.npwm.com for more information.