Adult and Senior Wellness

Did you know that pets age more rapidly than humans?

Because our pets age at a quicker pace than we humans do, it is important that they receive appropriate preventative care, along with early detection screenings to identify any health concerns or diseases in their earliest stages.

Pets aged 7 years or older should visit their veterinarian twice a year for wellness exams. These exams are the key to detecting any health problems that could endanger your pet. Our pets are susceptible to some of the ailments that aging humans face, such as Cancer, Diabetes, Kidney Complications, Liver and Intestinal Disorders, Arthritis, Dental Disease and Vision Impairment.

You can be your pet’s best advocate when it comes to their health. Keep a watchful eye for anything unusual or out of character for your dog or cat.

 

 Some warning signs to watch out for include:

  • Unexplained Wight Loss
  • Excessive Drinking or Urination
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Behavioral Changes
  • Diarrhea or Vomiting
  • Skin Lumps, Growths or Irritation
  • Bad Breath, Plaque on Teeth or Bleeding Gums
  • Ear Odors, Ear Redness, or Scratching at the Ears
  • Lameness or Sensitivity

To help you provide the absolute best care for your senior pet, while staying on budget, VCA has designed the “Senior Best Care Check-Up Package”.

The "Senior Best Care Check-Up Package" includes:

  • A Comprehensive Physical Exam during which you will meet with the veterinarian and review your pet’s medical history. The doctor will discuss your pet’s day to day routine and any health concerns or questions you may have. You might be asked questions about his or her activity level, personality and nutrition. The doctor will then physically assess your pet, from nose to tail. Areas examined will include the abdomen, head and neck, eyes, ears, mouth and skin. In addition, the doctor will also evaluate your pet’s musculoskeletal system, as well as listen to their heart and lungs.
  • A Senior Wellness Blood Work Panel will be conducted to screen for a number of potential health problems. Some of the things screened for include:
  1. CBC (Complete Blood Count) which will flag any signs of diseases or infections which might alter your pet’s blood cell count.
  2. BUN/Creatinine check, which will assess kidney functions.
  3. ALT, ALP to check for any liver abnormalities.
  4. Glucose check, to identify any signs of diabetes
  • A thorough check of Potassium, Sodium and Protein levels to assess organ functions.
  • A Urinalysis will be preformed to check for common urinary and bladder infections, as well as to provide more insight on the kidney functions.
  • A Stool Sample Test will check for a number of intestinal parasites or worms.
  • A Heartworm Test will check for the presence of heartworms in your pet. This will verify that your pet is healthy, and that you will be able to safely administer heartworm prevention medications.
  • Up to 5 X-Ray Views of your pet’s chest and abdomen. These internal views help the veterinarian to check placement and condition of the organs and bones, as well as to detect any masses or abnormalities which may be a cause for concern.
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