“During two emergencies‚ the staff at Bay Glen was most accommodating‚ getting us in to see one of our vets and following up with a phone call the next day to check on their recovery.” ~ Anonymous
Lifelong Wellness for Adult Pets in Clear Lake and Southeast Houston TX From Bay Glen Animal Hospital
Once a pet reaches the maturity of adulthood, health needs change. An adult pet often has a different set of activities, behaviors, and risk factors than a puppy or kitten. Most reference sources consider an adult pet to be from about 12 to 18 months of age up to 7 to 10 years of age. Most pets at this stage of life have good immunity against many viral diseases, so several of our core vaccinations are only administered once every 3 years starting at 1 to 2 years of age in accordance with the vaccine guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Canine Vaccine Task Force.
This is also the time when pain associated with degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis and other conditions can cause your pet to be less active, gain weight, or be unable to perform his or her normal activities. Many owners assume this is just due to “getting old,” when in reality it is often an early symptom of chronic, underlying pain. The good news is that we have many effective options to control pain and help our companions regain their active lifestyle.
Proper nutrition, regular exercise, and weight management all play an important role in keeping your senior pet active and healthy. We are happy to advise you about which diets will be best for your pet and share with you how your pet may benefit from a chondroprotectant drug such as Adequan, a medication clinically shown to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam and consultation, and find out how to get the most out of your pet’s golden years!