How often should my dog have a wellness examination?
The answer to this question depends on your pet's age and current health status. During early kittenhood wellness exams
are recommended on a monthly basis, while for the average adult cat annual wellness examinations are the norm, and semi-annual examinations are recommended for middle aged
and geriatric cats.
Pets age at a faster rate than people. It is a popular misconception that one calendar year equates to seven years in a cat's life. In actual fact, in one calendar year
a cat may age the equivalent of four to sixteen years in a human's life. The reason for this dramatic difference is that kittens reach maturity very quickly, and are essentially adolescents or young adults by a year of age - thus they are considered to be the equivalent of a 15-16 year old
by their first birthday. During the second year, the rate of aging slows down a little so that your cat will be the equivalent of a 24-25 year old
by their second birthday. After that, the rate of aging stabilizes to about 4 cat years per calendar
year. This means that cats will be middle-aged by about 6 years of age and a 10 year old
cat is considered to be geriatric.