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Senior Pet Wellness

The Senior Pet Wellness program is designed to allow your pet to grow old in grace and comfort. To do this we try to discover diseases and conditions at their early stages – to be more proactive rather than reactive as veterinary medicine has been in the past.

As our pets enter into their senior years (Dogs: small breeds – 9 years, medium breeds – 8 years and giant breeds – 6 years; Cats over 10 years) their metabolism slows down, the aging process settles in, and they are more prone to skin problems, heart and kidney disorders and cancer. The once yearly physical exam is terribly important and some pets may require even more frequent visits.

Two of the major health problems that we see in pets in our clinic are chronic urinary tract infections and severe dental disease. Owners are often unaware of their presence and the discomfort to their pet which is considerable and ongoing. We can and should do something about these ailments earlier but we need to know of their presence.

The annual physical examination of your pet is the equivalent to one every 7 years in a person. This is an opportunity for you to bring up any concerns you may have regarding the health and care of your pet. During the annual physical exam your veterinarian will check for any evidence of disease. Your pet’s dental health will also be evaluated and recommendations made.

The value of tests: Advances in medicine allow us to learn more about your pet during an exam that wasn’t available to us in the past. Blood, urine and fecal tests reveal additional information over and above what can be detected by the owner’s observations and the annual physical examination.

Fecal analysis enables us to do an ova and parasite evaluation and recommend treatment as needed. Worms are very common in our area and cause health problems in pets and people.

Please bring a fresh stool sample into the clinic on the day of the examination.

Blood work will help us to screen for renal/liver failure, diabetes mellitus and endocrine diseases.

Urine analysis helps us to establish the presence of a urinary tract infection, early kidney failure or diabetes mellitus.

If a veterinarian finds any abnormalities during the examination or in the tests performed, he/she will recommend the necessary steps to treat the problem. In addition, we will give you a complimentary bag of food appropriate for your pet’s condition.