Here it is, but first a little history about this document. Toby will be 8 early next year and I wanted some sort of checklist or document handy that would remind me of things I need to check and alert his vet in order for us to keep him as healthy as possible as he ages. I came across the AAHA senior wellness exam guidelines when doing some research for another thread and it was fabulous as an educational tool. It was written from a veterinarian perspective, not owners, so I decided to use it as an outline to create my own document. I wrote a" thesis" first, from an owner's viewpoint, and asked a couple of members on the forum to look it over and give me suggestions. Thank you Barb and Betty! Both gave me many wonderful suggestions and ideas. I added some own ideas based on how the veterinary clinic we use practices (they are AAHA accredited as well). From that "thesis" I created the attached Checklist. This is something I plan to print out, complete, copy and deliver to my senior dogs' veterinarians before every wellness check-up. They can look over items I've checked or things I've described and we can address them in the examination and consultation. This may be helpful to you and hopefully it will be welcomed by your dog's veterinarian to better evaluate and assess your dog. The goal is to help our senior dogs age well and stay healthy for as long as possible by catching conditions as early as possible and that's why I'm happy to share it. I hope you find it useful as well.
Thanks again to Barb (Hotel), Betty (Penny & Maggie's Mom). Thanks also to Janice (Sally's Mom) who told me she thought some veterinarians might appreciate their clients doing this.