WELLNESS FOR THE OLDER PET
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SENIOR TESTING
An aging pet’s organs gradually deteriorate and may lose their ability to function properly. We use senior testing to promote early detection and treatment of disease, so we can maintain health and prevent illness during your pet’s senior years. Early detection of disease often gives us more effective and less costly treatment options. As well as, senior testing helps establish normal baseline values for your pet, creating a point of comparison for the future.
WHAT PETS SHOULD TAKE PART IN SENIOR TESTING?
We recommend senior testing for all senior pets as well as any pet who is exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms: weight loss or gain, increased thirst or urination, lethargy, vomiting/diarrhea, poor hair coat, coughing, seizures, unusual behavior, or overall decline in condition.
IS MY PET A SENIOR?
If your pet is 7 years old or older, we consider him/her a senior. The larger breed dogs may enter their senior years a little sooner, and some breeds of cat may live longer so their senior years may start around 10. Your pet may seem healthy well into its senior years. However, many problems common to senior pets (like kidney disease or heart failure) may not present symptoms until your pet becomes seriously ill. A comprehensive senior care program helps your vet identify problems early enough to institute healthcare measures.
WHAT IS SENIOR TESTING?
Your pet’s complete senior testing program includes these diagnostic tests:
A PHYSICAL EXAM-the most important part of the senior care program. Your vet will assess all body systems to check for any abnormalities.
BLOOD CHEMISTRY TESTS-measures levels of various substances in the blood and can help diagnose diseases such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease, and heart disease.
COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT (CBC)-provides a detailed look at the blood itself and helps the doctor diagnose anemia or infection.
THYROID TEST-helps diagnose thyroid disease, which is an especially common ailment in older dogs and cats.
URINALYSIS-gives information on kidney function and checks for urinary tract inflammation.
If you are interested in having your senior pet’s wellness screen done, please speak with one of Monticello Animal Hospital health care team members to set up for an appointment today. We ask that you withhold food from your pet starting at midnight the night before so we can get an accurate blood sample. Make water available for your pet as usual.