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Caring for your Senior Pet

When your beloved pet is in his or her golden years, it becomes more important than ever to perform semi-annual comprehensive physical exams as well as diagnostic testing.  You've heard the adage that dogs and cats tend to age seven years for every one human year, so an exam every six months would be comparable to an elderly person visiting a doctor approximately every three years.  The likelihood of acquiring several diseases increases with age.  A semi-annual exam will aid in early detection of various diseases, and this may prolong the quality of your pet's life.  Senior pets can suffer from a variety of diseases, including, but not limited to, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, and endocrine disorders.

There is now a multitude of products and services available in the field of veterinary medicine to treat a variety of disorders.  Routine diagnostics will aid in the detection and treatment of these diseases.

Example of a yearly comprehensive exam schedule:

First wellness exam to include:

  • Senior health exam

  • Vaccinations based on age and health status

  • Heartworm testing for dogs

  • Fecal (intestinal parasite) exam

  • Senior blood and urine profile

  • Ultrasound with Telemedicine consult

  • Discussion of dental care and nutrition

Second wellness exam (six months later) to include:

  • Senior health exam

  • Weight monitoring

  • Arthritis exam

  • Blood pressure check

  • Eye pressure check (think: glaucoma in humans)

  • Schirmer Tear Test (think: dry eye in humans)

  • Electrocardiogram

  • Routine radiographs

  • Vaccinations if needed

  • Recheck of any previous abnormal lab work results

During your visit, our doctor and technician teams will be happy to further explain any of the services we offer or provide you with an estimate of the plan that we create with you.

For more information, or to schedule your senior pet's next appointment, please contact us at (703) 723-1017.

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