Want to Extend Your Pet’s Life? Here are 4 Simple Ways!
Finding potentially life threatening problems early can allow us to make lifestyle changes to help minimize the progression of certain diseases. Problems associated with the liver, kidneys, and heart can only be detected with regular examinations and routine blood screenings.
Good dental care such as daily brushing, yearly cleanings, rinses and chews have been scientifically shown to extend a pets life by an average of 3 years. If you see tartar – we need to clean them! If teeth are loose – we need to pull them! If teeth are infected – we need to treat them! Leaving teeth untreated can cause infections in the heart, liver, and kidneys.
A proper body condition has been shown to extend your pet’s life by an average of 2 years. An estimated 45% of dogs and 58% of cats in the US are overweight or obese. While 2 or 3 extra pounds might have minimal consequences for us, they can be devastating to your pet. Just 3 extra pounds on a 15 lb. dog is equal to 30 extra pounds on a 150 lb. person and those same 3 extra pounds on a 10 lb. cat is equal to 45 extra pounds on a 150 lb. person!
Heartworms are carried by mosquitos and without prevention approximately 90% of dogs and 70% of cats will contract them.
In dogs, heartworms can eventually cause bronchitis, pneumonia, heart failure and even death if left untreated. In cats, it can quickly cause vomiting, coughing, severe lung congestion, and death if left untreated. Heartworms are 100% preventable when given the proper monthly prevention year-round.