Service dogs help thousands of disabled Americans become more independent. The first service dogs guided visually impaired people, but today, the dogs assist people who have a variety of disabilit ...View Article
You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.
ADULT CANINE WELLNESS PLAN 8 YEARS AND BEYOND
The veterinarians and staff at Wilderness Trace Veterinary Clinic are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of your dog, from its first puppy visit, well into its senior years.
It is important to realize that the aging process is not a "disease". It is the normal slow down of the body's functions, such as a decreased metabolism, a decreased ability to fight off disease, increased tissue fragility, loss of muscle mass and decreased joint flexibility. Since the dog's body ages more rapidly than a human body, bi-annual physical exams will help discover problems in animals that may "appear" to be healthy. Remember that prevention and early intervention is always more cost effective than treatment of clinical disease. Routine physical exams of the "senior" dog will help extend the years that you enjoy with your companion.
Common problems of the senior dog include
A comprehensive senior wellness program should include the following:
1. Help to establish baseline values that can be used for comparison when changes occur.
2. Can identify existing health problems that aren't detected through a physical exam alone.
3. Can assist with monitoring progress during treatment for disease
Our comprehensive senior wellness profile includes: