Every member of the healthcare team plays an important role in preventive medicine that contributes to improving the health and life quality of senior patients. Preventive medicine saves lives, but practice visits have declined, largely because of a failure to effectively communicate the benefits of preventive care to clients. This dearth of consistent preventive care has negative consequences to patient health and may result in an increased number of patients with preventable diseases.1,2 This is especially concerning for the ever-increasing geriatric population because of the greater incidence of diseases, many of which could be better managed with early diagnosis and intervention.
The healthcare team must understand and communicate the importance of life stage to clients, and what a senior pet truly signifies. It is imperative that the team educate clients on the differences in longevity among small-, medium-, large-, and giant-breed dogs, as well as the increasingly long lives of cats.