We all want our pets to live long, healthy lives, and we would all do just about anything to ensure that our cats and dogs can stay with us as long as possible. I aksed our team of veterinarians what 5 things are most important to extend a pet's life. This is what they said...
1. A Clean Mouth - regular dental cleanings
2. Weight Control - enough has been said on this subject. Now you need to do it!
3. Early Detection of Disease and Cancer
4. Pain Management: Strength, Endurance and Mobility
5. Spay/Neuter and Vaccinations
We took that information and started to brainstorm how we could make it easy for our clients and patients to take advantage of all these life extension actions. And so, we created medical health products and packaged them into the Center for Pet Longevity. Click on an option below to learn more about each service or visit our website at www.centerforpetlongevity.com
Spaying or neutering your pet doesn’t just prevent overpopulation. It can protect your pet from future reproductive cancers like mammary carcinomas. Studies have shown that fixed pets live longer than “intact” pets. Vaccinations are a critical component to preventive care for your pet. Thanks to the development of safe vaccines, pets have been protected from numerous disease threats, including rabies, distemper, parvo, and several others. Some of these diseases can be passed from dogs to people — so pet vaccinations have protected human health as well.Read More
A clean mouth is probably one of the most important health issues for your dog or cat. Bacteria from dental and gum disease can travel elsewhere in their bodies causing more serious issues like heart problems, kidney failure, and liver disease. With that said, we understand that it may seem ridiculous to brush your pet’s teeth or to schedule a professional teeth cleaning. But it might seem less absurd if it adds years to your pet’s life. Check your pet’s teeth and gums about once a week, if you can. Feed kibbles and treats that promote dental health, and keep an eye out for signs of dental or gum disease including bad breath, lethargy, decreased appetite, weight loss, and facial swelling.
Obesity in dogs and cats causes the same serious health problems that it does in humans - high blood pressure, breathing problems, diabetes, kidney disease, and joint pain. For every pound of weight, there is six times the weight pressure on the joints. This will accelerate arthritis and joint pain which in turn causes more weight gain because of inactivity. To put things in perspective: a 100-pound Labrador retriever is roughly equivalent to a 186-pound man who is 5-foot, 4 inches tall. It’s not easy to put a portly pet on a diet, but NOT doing so will shorten their lifespan (From a practical - more selfish - standpoint, you really don’t want to have to give daily insulin injections.)
Looks can be deceiving. Ten percent of pets that appear healthy to owners and veterinarians during annual checkups are found to have hidden diseases. Many diseases show few, if any, signs during the initial stages of infection. When signs do become visible, often it is because infection has become serious. Just like people, your cat’s or dog’s health will change as it ages and because pets age faster than people, major health changes can happen quickly. Wellness testing leads to the early detection of disease. With early detection and treatment, your pet has a better chance at a positive prognosis. Center for Pet Longevity is armed with the latest technology in ultrasonography, digital x-ray, and blood analysis. With our team of doctors, we will form an early detection system for hidden disease, which may improve treatment options and patient prognosis.
Canine Rehabilitation for dogs uses many effective techniques in order to promote healing, relieve pain, and help with recovery for musculoskeletal injuries. Here at the Center for Pet Longevity we have an underwater treadmill (hydrotherapy), ultrasound, C4 laser, acupuncture, chiropractory, massage, manipulation, and stretching exercises. All are customized to get your pet mobile and without pain.