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<br /> VETERINARY MEDICINE<br /> Center for Companion Animal Health<br /> Center for Companion Animal Health News Highlights • Spring 2012<br /> Caring for Senior Pets<br /> There is a special joy in having a pet. Pets, like people, are living longer than ever before, and many are reaching well<br /> into their senior years. As pet owners, we hope that our companion animals will be part of our lives for many, many<br /> years. Understanding the unique health issues and care needs of older pets will help them enjoy healthier and happier<br /> lives during their golden years.<br /> All animals, which include humans, go through a series<br /> of “life stages.” The first life stage is puberty, which is<br /> around 6-12 months in dogs and cats, and around 13<br /> years in humans. The second significant life stage is the<br /> reproductive years, which for humans is from puberty to<br /> about 40 years and for cats and dogs from puberty to 6-8<br /> years of age. The final l<a title="CCAH_Update_2012_Spring_Web page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a9e5b93c?page=1"> VETERINARY MEDICINE Center for Companion Animal H</a> <a title="CCAH_Update_2012_Spring_Web page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a9e5b93c?page=2"> Happy and Active for Life: JOInT, MUSCLE, BOnE CO</a> <a title="CCAH_Update_2012_Spring_Web page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a9e5b93c?page=3"> General Strategy Trauma, obesity and aging are i</a> <a title="CCAH_Update_2012_Spring_Web page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a9e5b93c?page=4"> CCAH Research Studies: your gifts benefitting ani</a> <a title="CCAH_Update_2012_Spring_Web page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a9e5b93c?page=5"> We gratefully acknowledge Friends of Companion An</a> <a title="CCAH_Update_2012_Spring_Web page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a9e5b93c?page=6"> Remembering our Beloved Pets Companion Animal Me</a> <a title="CCAH_Update_2012_Spring_Web page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a9e5b93c?page=7"> An Enduring C</a> <a title="CCAH_Update_2012_Spring_Web page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a9e5b93c?page=8"> VETERINARY MEDICINE Center for Companion Animal H</a>