As much as I hate to admit it, Bentley is considered a senior pet. He turned eight-years-old on his birthday in December. According to AAHA, the best way to make sure he continues to be healthy and happy is to visit our veterinarian at least twice each year. We had an appointment last week and I could not be prouder of the results.
In my opinion, Bentley is in better health than at any other time of this life. There are several reasons for this and I want to share them along with our results.
A Senior Exam
When you take your senior dog or cat for their semi-annual examination, there are many things your vet should check. If you have noticed any problems or changes, be sure to mention them. Nobody knows or loves your pet as much as you. Since they can’t speak, it is our responsibility to be their voice. A proper exam should go from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel there is an area that needs to be checked. Many vets will recommend annual vaccines. If you do not feel that your pet requires them, don’t be afraid to say something. I don’t like giving Bentley more inoculations than necessary. There are some that I don’t think he needs. My vet was respectful of my feelings. That is very important.
Bentley’s eyes are in great condition without any sign of cataracts or injury. There are certain visual problems that might arise as our pets age. I was happy to know he is looking and seeing great.
I have written many times on our battles with ear infections. Basset Hounds are prone to ear problems and Bentley is no exception. At the first of this year, I began using a homemade formula in his ears.
You can read more about “How to Combat Ear Infections” and the miracle of the Purple Stuff. When the vet said she could see both of Bentley’s ear drums and his canals were open and free of infections, I began to cry. It is the first time in his entire life that his ears had absolutely no sign of infection. She did tell us there was a slight scarring on his left eardrum due to so many infections. However, she said it was minimal and would not cause hearing loss. Bentley having healthy ears was one of my proudest moments as a pet parent.
Dr. Jarrell was also complimentary of his dental hygiene. She reported that his teeth and gums were healthy. This is another area that I give close attention. The fact that Bentley loves to have his teeth brushed makes it easy. If you don’t currently have a dental routine in place with your dog, you can read, “Take Care of Your Dog’s Teeth Naturally.” Proper dental care can add an additional two years to your dog’s life expectancy.
During your senior care visit, the vet should feel all over your pet’s body. She lifted his legs and felt his movement. There was no popping and he has no trouble walking, climbing, or running. A thorough feel of his body including his stomach revealed no bumps or lumps. She asked what he ate and about any supplements. I was excited to tell her about the wonders of Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health and Veg-to-Bowl as well as their Golden Years supplement. It was reassuring to hear her tell me not to change his diet. He is doing terrific on it. According to Dr. Jarrell, proper diet is crucial for overall health including his bones, vital organs, weight, and ears.
The last part of the exam that had me feeling like Pet Parent of the Year was when she complimented his waistline! It is rare to see a Basset Hound with a nice waist according to her. I am guilty of allowing Bentley to get overweight a couple of years ago. It was a result of feeding him from the table, not measuring his food, and not getting enough exercise. It is another example of; “When you know better, you do better.” This all turned around when I began blogging and researching more on the proper way to care for my dogs. One of the best things that I have done for Bentley is to put a Whistle® Activity Monitor on his collar. It allows me to make sure he is getting enough exercise each day. As of today, we have gone 38 days in meeting his goals. That is his longest streak so far. You can learn more about the activity monitor by reading The Whistle Activity Monitor for Dogs ~ Take 2 post.
When you visit the vet and your senior dog receives a clean bill of health along with many compliments, there is no better feeling. There are three things that I credit the positive outcome of this semi-annual check-up.
1. Dr. Harvey’s Fine Health Foods and Supplements
2. The Whistle Activity Monitor
3. The Purple Stuff for his ears
The fact that these products have made such an impact on Bentley’s health is why I am sharing them with you. I fell in love with the complete line of Dr. Harvey’s products and as a result have become an ambassador for them. I do not make any additional money when you purchase their products but you can save 10% with my ambassador code BFTB331.
This week, I have become an affiliate with the Whistle Tracker and Activity Monitor. The reason behind this is obvious; it is a product that has motivated me to engage in physical activities with Bentley. We have both lost weight and gained self-confidence. Whistle is currently running a 25% off sale and I will make a commission if you purchase through my advertisement on the sidebar. →
The Purple Stuff is a homemade remedy that I received from my friend at My GBGV Life. There simply aren’t words to describe how much I believe this recipe has saved me. First, in having to watch Bentley in pain from his ear infections and secondly, from the incredible amount of money that I have spent over the years on medicine that controlled but never quite eliminated the infections.
I hope that your next vet visit is as amazing as ours.
Senior Wellness Checkups for #Dogs are important. https://t.co/4pzeX4tMJD pic.twitter.com/pBNFM2qojB— M. K.Clinton (@mk_clinton) March 18, 2016
Stay healthy, my friends!
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