Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 11, 2011
Through incredible advances in veterinary care and improved nutritional options, pets are living longer than ever before. However, like humans, as pets age they are more commonly affected by conditions such as arthritis or cancer as well as metabolic diseases including diabetes and/or kidney failure. While treatment options are available for these problems, it is important to note that such care often comes with an expensive price tag. While Petplan ? America?s top rated pet insurance company ? always encourages pet parents to invest in pet insurance when first bringing home a new pet, it reminds American pet owners that it is never too late to invest in a pet insurance policy, regardless of the age of their four-legged companion.
?Pet health insurance can be critical to the well-being of an aging pet,? says Dr. Jules Benson, Vice President of Veterinary Services at Petplan. ?Petplan is one of the few pet health insurers in the United States to cover pets of any age. This policy underscores our commitment to providing pet parents with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their pet can receive the best veterinary care.?
Petplan also offers the following advice for addressing common pet health issues associated with a pet?s advancing age:
Arthritis: One of the most under-diagnosed conditions in older pets, chronic pain from arthritis is often attributed by pet parents to their elderly pets just ?slowing down.? Assessment by a veterinarian often reveals stiff and painful joints ? pain that can often be alleviated by a combination of prescription medication, joint-friendly supplements and weight loss (in overweight pets).
Metabolic Diseases: As pets age, their bodies don?t tend to work as well as they should. Metabolic diseases such as diabetes or kidney failure (especially in cats) can be slow to develop but in advanced stages before discovery. The best chance of successfully treating these diseases lies in early diagnosis, which is why many veterinarians recommend twice-yearly exams for older pets. Watch your elderly pets carefully, especially regarding any weight loss or change in water or food intake. These are often the first signs that something is wrong.
Cancer: Likely the biggest concern for many pet parents is cancer. There are an increasing number of medical and surgical treatment options available for many forms of canine and feline cancer. However, as with metabolic diseases, early detection is key. Consult with your veterinarian if you see any changes in eating, drinking, behavior or any new lumps and bumps on your pet.
For more information about pet health insurance or for tips on how care for an aging pet, visit http://www.gopetplan.com.
As America's top-rated pet insurance company, Petplan offers customizable policies to meet any coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan is the only insurer to cover all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet ? without dollar limits per condition. For information, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com or call 1-866-467-3875.
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