Dogs and cats don't die of old age. Neither do humans They die from something. That something could be organ dysfunction, cancer, neurologic disease or infectious disease just to name a few potential causes. One staggering statistic is that 77% of cats and 69% of dogs nearing euthanasia were not seen by their primary care veterinarian for 18 months or more. We'd like to change that statistic.
What if we could identify disease processes early and either stop or slow the progression of that disease? What if we could transform that weak and wobbly dog who is having trouble raising up from a laying position and trouble navigating stairs into a steady gaited family member anxious to jump up and go for a walk when he hears someone pick up a leash?
And what if that skinny cat isn't just old? What if she has a hormonal condition or intestinal disease that can be quickly and easily diagnosed and inexpensively managed without heroics? Twice yearly (every 6 months) veterinary visits for pets over 7 years of age has transported us into a new era of quality of care for our senior pets. By paying close attention to those lumps and bumps and that slow gait and appetite change early when they are seniors, we can more comprehensively care for them during their geriatric years rather than just watching them increase in fragility and weakness as the months and years pass by. For those pets with identified disease processes, every 3 month exams are the recommendation.. Why? Because big changes can occur abruptly and subtle insidious changes can go undetected by owners. Routine physical exams and some blood testing and/or imaging may be all that is between your pet and a better and longer quality of life.