Age is not a disease, but it can be accompanied by them. Increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other health problems can lead to poor comfort and quality of life. Often, the symptoms are not readily apparent, and these diseases may go undetected and untreated. This makes preventive care vitally important for your pet.
We recommend senior pets undergo a complete physical examination every six months, with associated laboratory tests once a year. Early detection of disease results in faster treatment, usually less intensive and expensive treatment or therapy, and a much happier pet!
But he seems fine! We hope that his insides think so, too. There is a large reserve capacity in many of our pets' internal organs. Did you know that a liver needs to be 2/3 not working before a pet shows illness. A pet's kidney needs to be at least 90% not working before showing outward signs. Early detection screening and therapy can start solving a problem before your pet suffers and hurts.
Signs To Watch For
Signs of "old age" in your pet may actually be symptoms of more serious problems. Pets don't have calendars. When it comes to your pet's health care, you are his or her most important partner. Please let us know if your older dog or cat begins to exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- "Slowing down"
- Stiffness or limping
- Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping
- Difficulty breathing or changes in breathing patterns
- Tremors or shaking
- Excessive scratching or changes to skin or coat
- Changes in appetite or breath
- Drastic weight change (either loss or gain)
- Difficulty seeing or hearing
- Changes in urination or defecation habits
- Confusion or disorientation
- Decreased responsiveness
Senior Wellness Packages
Our senior wellness and early detection packages provide needed care for our senior patients with incredible value. The philosophy is simple - the best care for our senior patients with savings for our clients.