Pets enter their senior years around age 7. At this time in their lives they can start to shows signs of diseases common to those in senior humans. For example: diabetes, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, and cancers. Because of the increased risk due to age, it is recommended that you make yearly wellness visits to your vet. Remember, each year your pet will age an equivalent of 7 years! Bloodwork is also recommended for pets over age 7, even if they appear healthy. Bloodwork, xrays, and urinalysis' can tell the veterinarian if your pet has the possibility of future diseases. It is better for your pet if a disease is caught earlier when there are no clinical signs.
As stated before, diagnostic testing is highly recommended for our senior patients. We offer multiple in-house laboratory testing options as well as outside laboratory testing. One of our most popular outside laboratory test panels is the Pet Wellness Report. This program is formulated to give us the most information about your pet without breaking your bank account.
Testing included in the Pet Wellness Report:
- Complete Blood count, SuperChem Profile, T4 (Thyroid), Urinalysis, FeLv/ FIV combo test, and Heartworm test.
- Complete Blood count, SuperChem Profile, T4 (Thyroid), Urinalysis, and Heartworm/ Tick born disease test.
Just like with humans, pets can get arthritis and sore joints. Signs of possible arthritis include: stiffness while moving, trouble getting up and down, limping, decrease in muscle mass, and attitude changes. Mild cases, or pets that have just started to show signs of arthritis, are usually recommended to start joint supplements.These help by making the body produce more "cushion" within the joint space. Cases that are more advanced can be put on medication to help with the inflammation and pain in addition to joint supplements.