Who is a Senior Pet?
Cats & Small Dogs = 8-years & older
Large Dogs (over 70 pounds) = 5-years & older
Physical Exam — every 6 months
Why? Twice-a-year wellness exams provide our veterinarians with the opportunity to prevent problems before they become too advanced to treat or control. The goal is to prevent or minimize disease or injury & enhances your pet’s quality of life. Twice-yearly examinations do not necessarily mean your pet is going to be subjected to a barrage of costly tests. While some pets require close monitoring of blood work, x-rays, or other tests, most pets benefit simply from being examined. This includes having their heart & lungs listened to & their general health reviewed every 6 months. A dental health exam and a weight check are also very important parts of this. Serious conditions or diseases can develop rapidly and have a significant impact on your pet’s health.
Senior Screen — once per year
Why? Our pets cannot describe symptoms to let us know what might be wrong, we suggest blood tests to give us the answers we need. Hematology tests tell your veterinarian the status of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Changes in these numbers can reflect anemia, dehydration, infection, cancer & more. Blood chemistry tests provide an inside look at your pet’s vital organs — including liver & kidney function, blood sugar, calcium, and phosphorus levels along with electrolytes. The Senior Screen also evaluates the thyroid level & a urine sample. A urinalysis test gives even more clues regarding kidney function, and can indicate issues like urinary tract infections, crystals, blood &/or sugar in the urine or any abnormal cells.
Included in the biannual exam is a complimentary blood pressure reading!
Why? Blood pressure monitoring is an important tool in evaluating many health issues, including chronic renal failure and Cushing’s disease. It enables the veterinarian to discover signs of disease even earlier.