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Dogs and cats age up to seven times faster than humans. Taking your pet to the veterinarian once a year is equivalent to you seeing a doctor or dentist only once every seven years!

If you consider your pet's healthcare to be just as important as your own - and research shows nearly 70 percent of pet owners do - then take a few minutes right now to see how old your pet is in "people" years. If your best friend is "middle age" or older, and hasn't had a wellness exam in at least six months, please contact your veterinarian today.
On average, most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two. By age four, many pets are entering middle age. And by age seven, most dogs, particularly larger breeds, are entering their senior years.

Because dogs and cats age seven times faster, on average, than people, significant health changes can occur in a short amount of time. And, the risks of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease, metabolic problems and other serious conditions all increase with age.

Many pet owners are not aware that taking a dog or cat to the veterinarian once a year is the same as a person seeing their doctor or dentist once every seven years. We recommend pets have a wellness exam every six months so that your veterinarian has the opportunity to detect, treat or, ideally, prevent problems before they become life-threatening.

"Prevention is the real goal of twice-a-year wellness exams. When we see your pet on a regular basis, they can help pets avoid some preventable illnesses and diseases. Plus, a pet will never have to suffer from pain that could be treated or prevented by the veterinarian.

Pet wellness exams include screenings for a variety of potential diseases. These screenings are usually accompanied by an individualized risk assessment of your pet's environment - where you live, emerging disease risks in our community, your pet's interaction with other pets and wildlife, travel plans, and other lifestyle considerations.

Pet wellness exams also help us determine a proper prevention program, including a vaccination schedule tailored specifically for your pet.

By using personalized pet health protocols, our veterinarians can pinpoint specific preventive health care needs for your pet.

Information about the pet aging process, disease prevention and twice-a-year wellness exams is available through the National Pet Wellness Month Web site - www.NPWM.com.

Prevention Begins Now!
Disease carrying ticks, mosquitoes and fleas as well as diseases from wildlife, other pets and even standing water can present a potential health threat to your pet.

Protecting your cat or dog from these threats can be difficult, especially if your pet enjoys the outdoors. That's why your veterinarian may recommend a prevention program to protect your pet before it encounters a disease threat.

Which products are right for your pet? The answer depends on your pet's behavior, contact with other animals, places you travel with your pet, the disease threats in your area and other factors. With your assistance, your veterinarian will assess the disease risk to your pet and tailor an appropriate vaccination program.

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