Senior Wellness Panels should be performed annually on all pets over 7 years of age for routine monitoring. Testing for dogs and cats includes: kidney and liver values, pancreas, electrolytes, protein levels, thyroid, blood pressure and urine. Senior comprehensive exams include the above-mentioned blood tests plus thoracic and abdominal radiographs to check for possible organ enlargement or tumors.
Did you know that obesity is a true disease process which can lead to complications that jeopardize your pet’s health? Conditions such as diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, cardiac disease, and respiratory disease all develop more readily in obese pets. During each veterinary exam, your pet’s body condition score is evaluated. If your pet is found to be overweight or obese, diagnostic testing may be advised to rule out underlying problems.
Personalized weight management programs may include special therapeutic diets and an exercise plan. Weekly to monthly clinic weigh-ins are important to check your pet’s progress and stay on track.