National Pet Wellness Month

National Pet Wellness Month is an educational initiative designed to raise awareness about the pet aging process, disease prevention and the importance of twice-a-year wellness exams for all cats and dogs.

Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Fort Dodge Animal Health, National Pet Wellness Month began in October 2004 and is a year-round campaign where pet owners can receive important information, tailored specifically to their pets, from their personal veterinarians.

How six-month wellness exams can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.
Pets age seven times faster, on average, than people. By age two, most pets have already reached adulthood. At age four, many are entering middle age. And by age seven, many dogs, particularly larger breeds, are considered "senior".

What does this mean for your pet? First, because dogs and cats age more rapidly, dramatic health changes can occur in a very short amount of time. Second, as they age, pets can experience the same aches, pains and other health problems associated with aging in humans. Older dogs and cats are at higher risk for diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer and other serious conditions.

Many of these health problems are treatable if diagnosed in time but, unfortunately, many pets don't see their veterinarian as often as they should. Taking your dog or cat to the veterinarian once a year is the same as a person seeing a doctor or dentist just once every seven years!

You wouldn't wait seven years to see your doctor for a checkup. So why wait a whole year to have your pet examined by a veterinarian?

Twice a year for life!
Twice-a-year wellness exams allow your veterinarian to detect, treat or, ideally, prevent problems before they become life-threatening. They also provide you with the opportunity to ask your veterinarian questions about nutrition, behavior, dental health or other issues.

Research shows that more than half of pet owners consider their pets family members. And, nearly 70 percent think their pets' healthcare is just as important as their own. If you feel the same, make time now to schedule a six-month wellness exam for your best friend.

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