LIVE: Special Needs of Aging Pets

By Speaker: Dr. Wendy Mandese • Published: December 10th, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Live Edition: Animal Airwaves—Live is an hour-long call-in show that airs between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays on WUFT-FM in Gainesville. The show features faculty members from the UF Veterinary Hospitals who address a variety of topics relating to pet health care, including companion animals, exotic pets and horses.

One of the more difficult things about having a companion animal is that you must watch him or her age. As they age, dogs and cats experience many of the same physical and mental changes that humans do. They find it a little more difficult to get around, their vision deteriorates, and they get a little hard of hearing. Dr. Wendy Mandese, a primary care veterinarian, talks about what to expect when your pet ages and what you can do to ensure that Fido and Fluffy enjoy the best possible quality of life in their senior years, and why regular visits to your veterinarian are key.