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5 Health Tips for Older Dogs | Care2 Healthy & Green Living: Q: It's time for my dog's annual exam and my vet is...

5 Health Tips for Older Dogs | Care2 Healthy & Green Living: Q: It's time for my dog's annual exam and my vet is...

Q: It’s time for my dog’s annual exam and my vet is suggesting all these extra tests. My dog may be 9, but she’s just as spry as the day we got her. What’s with the push for extra blood work and how do I know it’s really necessary? A: During their daily walks in St. Louis, Kelly Jackson and her pint-sized shih tzu, Meeko, used to run into plenty of pet lovers. But as soon as the conversation turned to Meeko’s age, it was Jackson who got feisty. “I’d give his age and they go, ‘Awww,’” Jackson says. “I don’t want sympathy. Meeko may be 12.5, but he’s a force to be reckoned with.” After years of anchoring a morning news show, Jackson decided to follow a different path and launched AARFF.com to help people identify and prevent health issues that can shorten a pet’s lifespan. Meeko died earlier this year, but Jackson’s beloved pooch serves as inspiration for stories, photo gall...

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