Senior Packages - Wellness for the older pet
Important Factors About Senior TestingClick here to see the senior brochure.
An aging pet's organs gradually deteriorate and may lose their ability to function properly.We use senior testing to promote early detection and treatment of disease, so we can maintain health and prevent illness during your pet's senior years. Early detection of disease often gives us more effective and less costly treatment options. And senior testing helps establish normal baseline values for your pet, creating a point of comparison for the future .
Is My Pet a Senior ?
If your pet is 7 years or older, we consider him or her to be a senior. Your pet may seem healthy well into its senior years. However, many problems common to senior pets (like kidney or heart failure) may not be present symptoms until your pet becomes seriously ill. A comprehensive senior care program helps your veterinarian identify problems early enough to institute preventative healthcare measures.
How Do I Enroll My Pet?
Call us to arrange a day for your pet to receive his or her testing. Please withhold food from your pet starting at 10pm the nigght before so we can get an accurate blood sample. Make water available for your pet as usual. We prefer that you admit your pet to the hospital or clinic by 8:30 am, and we willl schedule a checkout appointment between 4pm and 5:30pm the same day to review the test results with you and discuss any appropriate care or tratement for youur pet.
Senior Package Details
A Physical Exam:
The most important part of the senior care program. Your veterinarian will assess all body systems to check for any abnormalities
Blood chemistry tests
We will measure levels of various substances in the blood and diagnose diseases such as diabetes, liver, and kidney failure.
A complete blood count (CBC)
This provides a detailed look at the blood itself and helps the doctor diagnose anemia or infection.
We will check for heartworms in dogs. Heartworms can be fatal to your pet.
This will give us information on kidney function and checks for urinary tract infections
Thyroid screen (T4)
This helps diagnose thyroid disease, which is an especially common ailment in older dogs.
This measures the pressure in each eye quickly and painlessly using a tonometer.Undetected glaucoma leads to irreversible blindness
Blood pressure measurement
This lets our team check for hypertension. Just as in humans, high blood pressure in pets can lead to kidney problems, heart disease, blindness, and other complications.
Dental with Anesthesia
We will check for gum disease, and decaying teeth. Includes a full cleaning to help prevent bad breath and tooth decay.
Keeps nails healthy and strong
Generally, we perform chest radiographs to assess the heart and lungs, However, your veterinarian may decide a different set of radiographs would be more important for your pet. For example, he or she could recommend abdominal radiographs to assess the liver or kidneys. This is an important and vital part to the senior care program.
Also included in the senior pet care program are these vaccines:
Helps to prevent contracting the rabies virus which can be fatal to both owner and pet.
Protects dogs from the six most common canine diseases: distemper, hepatitis, lepto, para influenza, parvo, and carona.
Protects dogs from kennel cough.