Young Adult: 1-6 years of Age
This is the period where preventive health care yields the greatest results. Annual and ideally bi-annual exams are important to help keep your pet’s health care on track. Evaluation of weight, oral health, exercise, nutrition, and disease risk are all important in maintaining optimum health.
Mature Adult and Senior Exams
Beginning at around age 7, your pet enters his or her early senior years and the health of your adult cat or adult dog can change rapidly. Pets can begin to develop diseases common to their senior human counterparts, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney dysfunction, endocrine disease and cancer. Since these diseases can go unnoticed in their early stages, preventive health care is very important. At Terra Linda Veterinary Hospital, we care for our adult and senior patients with a focus on maintaining health and enhancing longevity. Wellness care includes a thorough physical exam, dental care, nutritional guidelines and recommendations, and diagnostic testing for all stages of life. To maintain health in adult and senior pets, we recommend the following:
- Veterinary Exams — Get examinations at least annually for healthy adults, and every 6 months for healthy seniors or pets with compromised immune systems.
- Vaccinations — Boosters against highly infectious and fatal diseases are critical. Most vaccines today are highly refined, providing safe immunity with minimal side effects.
- Diagnostic Testing — Certain blood tests help identify developing health problems, early enough to initiate effective treatment. For pets six years of age or older, we recommend performing lab work twice a year to detect any emergent disease processes.
- Parasite Prevention – At least yearly testing for intestinal parasites and heartworm as well as continuous flea and tick preventives. The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends testing for intestinal parasites at least 4 times in the first year of life and every six months for adults.
- Exercise — An exercise plan for adult and aging pets that meets the patient’s changing needs supports good quality of life. A rule of thumb for all dogs not on exercise restriction for medical issues is a minimum of two twenty-minute walks daily. Numerous studies on the human medical side have shown the health benefits to the less furry participants in this endeavor.
- Nutrition — We provide an annual dietary evaluation and plan adjusted for changes in health and weight.