Senior Wellness Program
Knowing that our pets age at a much faster rate than we do, dogs and cats are considered a "senior" between 7 and 10 years of age. As our pets age, we expect to see certain signs of the aging process, such as "slowing down" and increased sleeping habits. Even though your pet may be acting fine, there may be subtle health changes that are taking place that would be difficult to diagnose without special testing. Even a thorough physical exam may not detect some health problems. A senior wellness screen is performed to assess all aspects of your pet's body systems.
Some of the common changes in geriatric pets that could signal issues include:
- Changes in appetite
- Weight loss/gain
- Increases in thirst
- Urinating or defecating in the house
- Increases in urine frequency or volume, or straining to urinate
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty rising, walking, or climbing up and down stairs
- Confusion, disorientation, or anxiety
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- New lumps or bumps
Some common conditions that arise in geriatric pets include:
- Kidney or other organ failure
It is improtant to their health that they have a thorough physical examination every 6 months. A full senior wellness test package includes a physical exam, blood work, and a urinalysis. These tests only require a single blood and urine sample. The doctor might discuss other options such as radiographs, intraocular pressure testing, or thyroid testing, depending on what is the best plan for you and your pet's health.
Some diseases may not be preventable, but with early detection, it may be possible to slow the progression of disease. Early detection is imperative and many conditions can be managed with medications. Recommendations can also be made such as special diets and exercise requirements that will assist in managing certain geriatric conditions.
Please do not hesitate to ask our staff any questions you may have and we will be happy to discuss what is the right senior wellness plan for you and your pet!