Admit it, you’re the same way. Your phone is FULL of pet photos. Mine is so full that I can no longer view my photos clearly or upload them to social media without deleting something else that is taking up room on my phone. Every now and then, I like to look at my “Jessi” album. I just can’t believe how fast she’s grown. Just yesterday, we picked her out. She was only 3 weeks old, a little brown bean. Now she’s turning 3 years old on her next birthday. (tear rolling down my face)

If I’m noticing the “outside” growing and changing so quickly. What’s happening on the inside? I actually think of this often, but more than that, I wonder if anybody else thinks of it. One of the reasons I’ve chosen to work in vet med is so that I can help other people understand that pets age 10 times faster than we do and I want to help them know what it means to support a long, healthy life.

I bet you brush your teeth every day. How are your pet’s teeth cared for? I bet you or someone you know is on prescription medication for arthritis, diabetes, thyroid, or some other condition. Did you know that pets can also suffer from all three of these conditions I just mentioned? And better yet, did you know that there are medications to control these issues? Yep, you heard right.

Where I’m going with this is that we brush our teeth to save them from rotting. Humans are controlling diabetes, so they live longer. We take joint supplements and pain meds so we feel better. Pets are four-legged humans (in my book, anyway), and they need us two-legged folks to keep them healthy for longer.

Jessi gets a yearly exam by the Vet and a daily exam by yours truly. I know the outside is done growing; they grow like weeds. But the parts I don’t see are quickly changing, too. I’m hoping to give her the best life a dog can have by spoiling her with a healthy lifestyle. I’m not going to lie; that may mean a few Wendy’s French fries very rarely, but only a few and a teeth brushing and brisk walk right after.