Your Senior Pet Will Live A Longer, Healthier Life with Good Wellness Care
As your pet ages, normal changes take place and diseases may follow that can often affect their overall health, well-being and comfort. You may notice these changes: a little less willing to leap into the car, a greying muzzle, slower to retrieve the ball or chase a squirrel, sleeping more or a little difficulty getting up from a nap. Many senior pet health problems, when detected early and treated properly, can be prevented from progressing into more serious, more costly and sometimes life threatening illnesses. Our goal is for you and your family pet to enjoy the longest, happiest, healthiest life together.
We have special bi-annual wellness exams for senior pets. These senior wellness exams allow us to spend more time with your senior pet so that we may monitor your senior pet’s health and detect, diagnose, and treat medical conditions early. We encourage you, the pet parent, to take an active role in combatting ailments associated with the aging process by participating in their health care through close observations at home. We encourage you to discuss your at-home observations with us during your senior pet’s wellness exam.
Our bi-annual comprehensive senior wellness exams include:
- A comprehensive physical exam
- Dental exam and professional cleanings as needed
- Senior diagnostic testing that may include a senior pet blood profile analysis (blood count and blood chemistry panel), urine and fecal analysis, x-rays, blood and eye pressure testing.
- Parasite testing and prevention
- Heartworm testing and prevention
- Nutrition and diet counseling for senior pets
- Behavioral evaluation and counseling
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your senior pet, we recommend you schedule an appointment to discuss them with one of our veterinarians:
- Weight loss
- Decrease in appetite
- Excess urination
- Excess drinking
- Reduced exercise, reluctance to move, run, jump, etc.
- Perception of pain when your pet moves or is handled
- Any vomiting , diarrhea or lack of bowel movements
- New lumps or bumps
- Change in pet’s energy level, awareness and/or family interaction
- Change in sleep patterns
- Occasional cough or periods of rapid or difficult breathing
If your senior pet is a new client, please bring your pet's previous medical records to your first appointment. This includes vaccination dates and any previous lab work. You can either bring a paper copy or ask your previous veterinarian's office, rescue organization or breeder to fax or email them to us.