At Anacapa Animal Hospital we recognize that pets are as individual as people; there’s no hard-and-fast rule for how they will develop and change and when they”ll do it. What we do know is that dogs and cats age at different speeds, with large dogs generally maturing more slowly than small dogs and cats maturing at a more consistent rate not dependent on size. But timing aside, they all go through the same stages: energetic puppy/kittenhood, unpredictable adolescence, the relatively smooth ride of adulthood, and the slower, lazier senior years and geriatric years. As such, we’ve developed guidelines to help you understand and anticipate the care we recommend for each of these stages.
Our veterinarians have developed lifestage recommendations based on the 2012 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines for dogs and the 2010 AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines for cats. And because our golden seniors require extra care, we’ve developed a separate set of care guidelines for them.
At each patient visit, we use an individualized approach to patient handling, preventative care and early disease detection based on these guidelines.