VCA Veterinary Hospital of Leon Springs

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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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

Find a VCA Specialty Care Animal Hospital near you:

 

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency during normal business hours (M-F 7:30am - 7:00pm) please call us at 210-698-1043.

 

Should you have an after-hours emergency, please contact either of these pet emergency hospitals:

 

Mission Pet Emergency -

Located at: 8202 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio Texas, 78249

Phone: 210-691-0900

 

Emergency Pet Center -

Located at: 503 E. Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio Texas, 78258

Phone: 210-404-2873

 

If you feel that your pet has potentially ingested a toxin, please contact either one of the above listed pet emergency centers, or the pet poison helpline. 

Online at: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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For a list of current pet food recall alerts, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's website at

https://www.avma.org/News/Issues/recalls-alerts/Pages/pet-food-safety-recalls-alerts.aspx

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