Age is not a disease! And thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. But just as women over the age of forty require more frequent mammograms and men have regular prostate exams, our senior pets also have special needs. We accept that our pet’s age at a rate of 5-7 “human years” for one “pet year”. 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. Check the chart to see what age your pet is in human years.
What we often fail to recognize is that this means that diseases progress 5-7 times faster in our pets than in people. AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) recommends that even healthy senior dogs and cats visit their veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing when recommended.
At Kennedy Heights, we are an AAHA accredited hospital and we follow AAHA guidelines and recommend that all pets over 8 years of age have routine examinations every 6 months to search for age-related conditions such as cancer, thyroid disease, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, kidney and liver disease before it’s too late.
To celebrate Senior pet Month, during the month of May we are offering $10 savings on any senior examination as well as an additional $20 savings on Survey X-rays and all senior and geriatric blood screening which includes thyroid level, comprehensive organs screening, complete urinalysis and blood cell counts as well as blood pressure measurement.