Senior Pet Care
Growing Older With Your Pet!
Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet’s health care. With a focus on wellness and preventive care, all of us at Crestwood Animal Clinic are here to help you and your beloved pet through every life stage and to support you when your pet reaches their senior years.
The Senior Pet Health Exam
Regular wellness visits are important for every stage of your pet’s life, so don’t forget to keep your senior pet’s scheduled wellness appointments. We recommend a comprehensive exam at least every 6 months for your senior pet and routine annual blood tests and urinalysis so that we can detect conditions early, when intervention is most effective. During your pet’s senior health exam, we will:
- Ask you a series of questions regarding any changes in your pet’s activity and behavior
- Perform a complete physical exam and recommend a senior panel blood chemistry test. The senior panel blood test includes a complete blood count (CBC), electrolytes, enzymes and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorous. This information helps us determine how various organs, such as your pet’s kidneys, pancreas, and liver, are currently functioning. The results of these tests help us formulate an accurate diagnosis, prescribe proper therapy, and monitor the response to treatment.
- We may recommend further testing based on the results of these tests.
Changes You May see in Your Pet
Because pets age more rapidly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months. If you notice any of the following signs, we recommend you schedule an appointment to have your pet evaluated:
- Weight loss
- Decrease in appetite
- Bad breath or drooling
- Increased appetite, especially if accompanied by weight loss
- Excess urination
- Increased water intake
- Reduced exercise, increased stiffness, trouble jumping or walking
- Apparent pain when your pet moves or is handled
- Any vomiting, abnormal stool or decreased frequency of bowel movements
- A new lump or growth, especially if it appears to increase in size quickly
- Appearance of a “pot belly”
- Depression or listless behavior
- Excessive panting
- Heavy or rapid breathing when resting
Please call us today to schedule your pet’s senior exam!
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