Senior Care

Senior Wellness

It can be hard to admit when we see the signs of old age in our animal companions, but the fact is that most dogs are considered seniors when they hit seven, cats around nine. Pets age much more rapidly than humans, which means diseases and illnesses progress quicker as well.

To ensure that your pet has the longest, healthiest, 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.

Senior pets need a little bit more care than the younger ones. Continuous checkups are important in maintaining your dog or cat’s health. Your pet may already be considered a senior at seven years of age.

Our clinic is devoted to making sure your pet lives a long and happy life. We provide a Senior Health Package to ensure that your pet is taken care of.

Canine Senior Health Profile Package

  •  Total Health Plus Urinalysis which is a blood panel and urine test.
  •  Electrocardiogram
  •  Ultrasound-Guided Cystocentesis
  •  Blood Pressure Check
  •  3-5 Digital X-rays

Feline Senior Health Profile Package 

  •  Total Health Plus Urinalysis which is a blood panel and urine test.
  •  Ultrasound-Guided Cystocentesis
  •  Blood Pressure Check
  •  1-3 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, and thyroid are functioning. Your vet may recommend a chest x-ray to ensure that the heart is a normal size and that there are no masses in the lungs.

Periodontal Disease

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 as well.

Geriatric Stage

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 losing housebreaking, 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 request an appointment form at Stanley Veterinary Clinic.