Pets age seven times faster, on average than people. Most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two. By age four, many pets are entering middle age. By age seven, most dogs, in particularly larger breeds, are entering their senior years.
Problems progress faster in pets.
Â· Because dogs and cats age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short amount of time.
Â· The risk of dental disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis and cancer all increase with age.
Â· Many of these diseases and conditions can worsen within a matter of weeks.
Â· Even pets that appear normal, can have an underlying problem that may only be detected during an examination by your veterinarian.
Â· Pets should have at least one exam annually.
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