Did you know that pets age seven times faster than we do?
This means that the health of your family pet can change rapidly in a short period of time, and these subtle changes often go unnoticed. The average life span of a cat is 15 to 16 years, however some cats live well into their 20’s! The average life span of a dog is about 12 years, however small dogs tend to live longer, and certain factors can influence how a pet ages:
* The size and breed of the pet.
* The environmental conditions in which a pet lives. Free roaming outdoor dogs and cats are more prone to traumatic injuries, such as being hit by a car, and also have a higher risk of exposure to infectious diseases.
* Pet nutrition plays a role as well. Obese animals tend to age much faster than pets with a normal weight. And poor nutrition can speed up the aging process as well.
As a general rule, cats are considered to be “senior citizens” around age nine; larger dogs at age six or seven, and smaller dogs at about age eight or nine. While the rate at which pets age is certainly different from humans, the changes seen with advancing age are very similar, including heart disease, weight gain (or loss), dental problems and arthritic joints.
But the good news is — early intervention and prevention can help your pet lead a longer and healthier life!
We are pleased to offer a special “Senior Health Screening” package that is designed to help us evaluate the health of your senior pet. The following services are included for the price of only $265.00 (regular value is over $300!!).
Note: EKG’s and X-rays are not included in the Senior Wellness Package, but if either or both tests are recommended after our exam of your pet, they will be offered at a 10% discount.
If you have a pet that you think may be considered “senior”, please call us at 715-248-3363 to take advantage of this special offer! We can make recommendations to help your best buddy live the healthiest and longest life possible.
The National Pet Wellness website can help you determine your pets “real” age, as well as offering other valuable information. Please visit www.NPWM.com to learn more.