Senior pets need more frequent checkups, so we recommend taking your pet to the veterinarian every six months. Elder pets have weaker immune systems and are often more prone to illnesses and injuries. Our goal is to make sure your pet is feeling okay and is as healthy as they can be. Here are some common concerns that we look out for during your senior pet’s visit:
The veterinarian may also conduct specific tests to ensure your pet is free from diseases. These include:
Bloodwork is an important way to check up on the general health of your pet. Blood is drawn from your pet to tests for diabetes, anemia, kidney disease, and liver disease. Bloodwork is great for getting an overall idea of your pet’s health.
Urinalysis is when the vet checks your animal’s urine and analyzes it for any diseases. Some diseases or conditions found through urinalysis include diabetes, liver disease, and urinary tract infections.
Diagnostic imaging is another important test that is done for elderly pets. This allows us to see your pet’s internal organs and see if there is anything problematic going on that needs attention. Ultrasound imaging allows us to more precisely see the movement and internal makeup of your pet’s organs. We can evaluate the abdominal organs, the heart and detect the presence of effusion (fluid) in the chest, abdominal and pericardial cavity. It is noninvasive and painless.