Geriatric Medicine

As your pet ages, one year of his or her life is roughly equivalent to 4 years in ‘human’ years.

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

Pets aged 7 years or older should visit their veterinarian twice a year for wellness exams.

As your pet enters their senior years, risks for certain types of illnesses can increase. At your pet’s wellness exam, your veterinarian might recommend additional testing to ensure that your pet is healthy inside and out.

Some of the testing which may be recommended for senior cats and dogs includes:

Cancer Screenings, which will help your veterinarian detect any signs of cancer your pet may be developing. As with humans cancer, early detection is often vitally important to the treatment of this disease. These screenings can be done through the Senior

Wellness Blood Work, which is included in our Senior Wellness Best Care Package. See our section for “Adult and Senior Wellness” under ‘Preventive Care’ for more detailed information.

X Rays may be recommended by your veterinarian to provide a more thorough exam of your pet’s internal heath. X rays can provide helpful insight to bone structure, lump formation and organ heath.

An array of different Blood Work panels might be recommended to test for particular organ functions or disorders. This can range from thyroid health to liver and kidney functions.

Should your senior pet develop a condition which requires medical treatment, your veterinarian will be able to work with you to determine which medications and procedures would provide the best care and comfort for your pet. Treatment for chronic conditions, such as joint pain and diabetes can usually be managed with medications prescribed by your doctor �" many of which can be filled in our own in house pharmacy.

If you have a cat or dog over the age of seven, explore our Adult and Senior Wellness information page located under the Preventive Care section for more information about VCA’s exclusive Senior Wellness Best Care Packages.