Dogs age faster than humans. Why does that matter?
Small dogs add 4 years for every human, calendar year while large dogs add 8 years for the same time period. This accelerated aging means problems can develop faster, seemingly overnight, and progress faster than the same problems in humans. Chronic kidney, liver, or heart disease can start younger and progress faster. Cancer can develop, grow and spread much faster than our own.
There is good news. Like in human medicine, scientific advances are providing better treatments so dogs can have a high quality of life with diseases once thought to be a “death sentence.” Even certain cancers, when diagnosed early, can now be managed as chronic diseases.
The key to improving the quality of life is early diagnosis. Early diagnosis allows more flexibility for treatment. Holistic and natural approaches are more likely to help when started early.
A plan for health monitoring for reduced vet bills later and better quality of life for your dog(s) now and throughout their lives:
Taking your dog to the vet only when it is scheduled for vaccinations, generally, every 3 years, may delay the diagnosis and treatment. This decreases the success of the medical intervention. Prevention and early detection are always cheaper than treating advanced problems.
As we seek a better quality of life for ourselves, we naturally want to do the same for our dogs. Coming in more frequently is an excellent start.