In recent years, advances in veterinary medicine and pet nutrition have increased the life span of companion animals.
The primary goal in the veterinary community has been to keep aging dogs healthy from the neck down -- weight control, management of arthritic conditions, and preventing major organ failure are the three main areas of focus.
Increasingly, however, pet owners and veterinarians are realizing the need to help animals not only stay physically healthy, but also maintain good brain function during their senior years.
The bond people feel with their pets is emotional as well as behavioral. Pet owners want to preserve the mental sharpness of their companion animals for as long as possible.