Just like with humans, our pets needs change over time as they get older. All of us at American Animal Hospital want to keep your pet as happy and healthy as possible well into their golden years. We are big proponents of preventive wellness care which and that doesn’t change just because a pet is older than 7. Our focus just shifts slightly and visits are recommended more frequent in order to catch age related issue before it becomes a real problem. Our senior care programs is designed around wellness visits now twice a year instead of just once for younger pets. These visits will still have a comprehensive physical exam but will be coupled with blood tests that will evaluate how well the liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, gall bladder, as well as a complete blood count (CBC) that will evaluate the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Depending on how your pet is feeling and the results of the blood tests, your veterinarian could also recommend a urinalysis, chest or abdominal radiographs, ultrasound, or blood pressure tests. But don’t worry as your veterinarian will be communicating the results with you and developing a plan to keep your pet well long through their senior years.
Be sure to tell your veterinarian if you have noticed any changes in your pet such as:
- Activity level
- Appetite level
- Weight changes
- Having trouble getting up or down
Call us and speak to one of our amazing team members to receive more information about Senior Pet Wellness