Dogs and cats age much faster than humans and their lifespans are also much shorter. Even within the pet population, some dogs and cats live longer than others. When examined on a national basis, certain differences among pets become noticeable, confirming that the lifespan of a dog or cat may be impacted by various reasons including genetics, whether or not a dog or cat is spayed or neutered, the amount of preventive veterinary care received as well as breed type and size.
All too often, dental disease in dogs and cats goes unnoticed by their pet parents. The problem is dental disease is far more common in dogs and cats than you might think. According to the Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) team, dental disease is the most common disorder in dogs and cats despite the fact that it is preventable.
Dental disease is the most common disease among cats and dogs, despite the fact that it is preventable. Pet owners should understand that poor oral health puts their pets at risk for dental disease, which can lead to other serious ailments, so lifelong preventive pet dental care is critical.
'Tis the season for giving, and the best gift you can give your dog or cat is lifelong preventive care. It's the most important thing you can do to make sure your pet leads a long, healthy and happy life. Proper preventive care for your pets can also benefit your family.
Your pets still need to exercise in their senior years. Senior dogs, especially those with arthritis, can truly benefit from regular, moderate exercise. According to Banfield Pet Hospital®, 13 percent of geriatric dogs were diagnosed with arthritis in 2011, and nearly 1 in 4 of those dogs were large and giant breeds.