It can be hard to admit when we see the signs of old age in our animal companions, but the fact is that most dog breeds are considered seniors by age seven, and cats by age nine. Pets age much more rapidly than humans, which means diseases and illnesses progress more quickly as well.
To ensure that your pet has the longest, healthiest, and most comfortable life possible, Stanley Veterinary Clinic encourages you to bring your senior pet for wellness exams and blood tests twice each year. This way, we can track how your pet is aging, and we’ll be more likely to catch any developing diseases before they’re big problems. This will help us track how your pet is aging and make it more likely to catch developing diseases.
Periodontal disease is always a threat to our pets’ health and comfort, and it’s particularly tough on older pets. That’s why a dental exam is always part of any senior pet screening.
Our clinic is devoted to making sure your pet lives a long and happy life. We have prepared a list of options for your senior pet’s health to make sure they are getting all the love and care they need.
Some of these are:
- Canine/Feline Senior Panel – blood and urine test
- Blood Pressure Check
- Digital X-Rays
Senior Exam Blood Tests
Blood tests are one of the most important parts of a senior exam. These blood screenings – often referred to as a “senior panel” – monitor red and white blood cell counts and reveal how well the kidney, liver, pancreas, thyroid, and other internal organs are functioning.
Finally, make sure to let your vet know about any behavior changes in your pet. Once dogs and cats get to the geriatric stage, monitoring for signs of cognitive dysfunction – such as inappropriate elimination, getting lost, or wandering aimlessly – is very important.
Senior Pet Wellness Exams in Overland Park, KS
To learn more about senior pet wellness exams, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (913) 897-2080 or fill out our make an appointment form at Stanley Veterinary Clinic.