Dogs age 7 times faster than humans

A dog reaches the approximate human age of 15 during its first year, and then 24 at age 2. Each year thereafter, her or she ages approximately four “dog years” for every calendar year. In other words, if your dog were a human, he would qualify for Medicare at 9 years of age.  Veterinary care is crucial because a lot can happen in four “dog years”, especially after a dog reaches the age of 6.

Dogs Hide Their Illnesses Well

Your dog evolved as a pack animal and is used to working, living, and cooperating as part of a group to seek food and protection.  Weak or sick members of such groups are soon abandoned because they put the entire pack at risk.  They are also the first animals sought out by predators, so dogs have inherited the instinct to hide illness as a way to preserve their safety and their place in the pack.  Your dog could be developing a health condition long before you notice anything is wrong. Rockland veterinarians have more than 130 years of combined experience spotting abnormalities that would otherwise be overlooked and can many problems before they advance and become more difficult to treat.

Over 50% of Dogs are Overweight or Obese

We will check your dog’s weight at every visit and provide nutritional and environmental enrichment recommendations to help keep your dog at an ideal weight. Just a few extra pounds can put dogs at risk for diabetes; heart, respiratory, and kidney disease; and more.  Annual checkups catch obesity soon, get dog’s on the right diet to lose weight, and keep your pet living a healthier, more active life.

Preventative Care is Better than Reactive Care

Information discussed, along with a thorough physical examination, provides the two of us a plan to help your dog remain healthy. Regular exams can help avoid medical emergencies since we can often detect conditions or diseases that may affect your dog’s health long before they become significant, painful, or more costly to treat.

Dogs Have 42 Teeth

That equates to a lot of dental care! Periodontal disease is considered the most prevalent disease in dogs three years of age and older. Aside from foul smelling breath that many pet owners think is normal (it is not!) there are no obvious signs of dental disease. Most dogs with dental disease eat without a noticeable change in appetite!  At your annual visit we will look inside your dog’s mouth for signs of oral infection and any other abnormalities and then provide you with a plan on how to make him or her better.