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Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are not only living longer, but they are doing it with better health and energy. Because of this, it is critical that pet owners utilize all of the advances that veterinary medicine can offer to help them age gracefully. For more specific details visit www.dogagingproject.com  You must also understand the lifespan of your particular species and breed to understand what their age related needs might be. Your veterinarian can make the necessary recommendations.

Here are 4 steps that help your furry family members age gracefully:

  1. First and foremost is keeping your pet at a healthy weight. Excess weight leads to joint problems such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and much more. Proper diet, excersice and with large breeds, joint supplements can and will help.
  2. Preventive exams are critical. You might think fluffy is doing fine, but animals are excellent at hiding symptoms. Your vet will discover potential problems well before you can through a complete physical exam, bloodwork and preventive dentistry. If your pet has a chronic health problem, it is recommended that they visit their vet at least twice a year. Learn more about preventive care in pets
  3. Exercise them. We cannot say enough about the importance of this. Even at an increased age they need exercise. Just make it moderate intensity if needed!
  4. Give them love and affection. Their emotional well being has a strong impact on their physical well being.

This list is not all inclusive but it is a good place to start. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 303.691.3720 or staff@gentletouchanimalhospital.com. www.gentletouchanimalhospital.com