Unfortunately, our pets age much faster than we do, as much as 5 to 7 times as fast. From the age of 3 or 4 our best friend can become uncomfortable or even painful due to age related health issues. Hip dysplasia and arthritis are two of the most well known age related issues but did you know that this begins in most dogs by the age of 4 or 5 and that much of it can be postponed until much later in life.
Dental disease is a much lesser known health issue but typically begins by 3 or 4 years of age. Dental disease is often overlooked because our pets cannot tell us they hurt. All we have to do is smell the infection on their breath or look at the condition of their teeth and gums to understand how painful your mouth would be if it looked that way. With a good dental exam and good care we can prevent many painful issues and with our digital dental x ray we can identify and address painful and infectious issues below the gum line. Often, these issues are extremely treatable and others are preventable with early detection. It is hard to believe that our 4 legged friends can begin to feel the effects of aging, with chronic aches and infections, when they seem to be so full of life. Fortunately, helping them to feel their best is possible.