Pet Wellness Month promotes importance of checkups (includes video story)

October is National Pet Wellness Month. It’s part of a campaign to help promote the importance of pet health and wellness. Dogs and cats tend to age five to seven times faster than humans, which is why it’s vital that they go to their annual wellness check-ups.

Veterinarians recommend that cats and dogs younger than 5 years old have a wellness exam at least once a year and those older than five go at least twice a year.

Carysmir Torres, a veterinarian technician at Kendall Animal Medical Center, clears up a common misconception that many pet owners have about their pets’ bad breath.

“They don’t realize that by leaving that unchecked, they’re swallowing infections,” Torres said. “So it actually causes kidney disease or it can cause heart failure early on.”

Krysty Hernandez is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Digital Broadcasting and is in the Honors College at FIU. In 2012 she obtained a BFA in Dance Theater from AMDA Performing Arts College and has pursued a career as a Professional Dancer. As a professional dancer, she has danced for various artists, TV shows, and commercials. After graduating from FIU, she would like to pursue a career as a TV anchor or reporter for a major broadcasting network.