Pet Anti-Aging Movement: Real or Hype?. No one likes to think about a beloved pet growing older. We cringe as the once exuberant puppy needs help up stairs or tires after a short walk. Anti-Aging medicine is the newest clinical medical specialty offered to physicians. So, why don’t we hear more about this for our pets?
Pet owners are demanding a higher quality of pet care for their dogs and cats and human medicine is moving from a disease-based model to a preventive, proactive approach. Shouldn’t our veterinarians move in this direction as well?
The fact is the pet anti-aging movement is already occurring. Many veterinarians are shifting from our current disease based model of medicine to pro-active preventative wellness protocols that get our pets into their offices two, three or even four times a year.
More visits mean more chances to find small issues before they become big problems!
But, annual veterinary visits are only one part of the solution.
When scientists unraveled the canine genetic code, they discovered that dogs and people share similar mechanisms relative to aging. As we grow older, adverse changes in our cells increase the risk of death.
About a third of these changes are genetic in nature.
More often, however, they are due to lifestyle and environmental factors.
The fact is that longevity is attributed 30% to genetics and 70% to lifestyle.
Therefore, simple changes in pet lifestyle such as diet, exercise and balanced natural pet nutrient supplementation can alter your dog and/or cat’s health destiny by 70% in his or her favor.