When we check the blood pressure in a pet, we are looking for the same indicators that your doctor looks for when you have your blood pressure taken. High blood pressure (hypertension) or low blood pressure (hypotension) are both indicators of an underlying illness. Other diagnostic tests may be recommended to determine the cause of the abnormality.
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Intestinal Parasite Exam (stool exam)
Examining your pet's feces allows us to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Since intestinal parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are usually hidden from view.
To ensure the most accurate result, please bring a small, fresh stool sample to the visit.
Digital radiology provides you vet with a high resolution image of the bony structures and internal organs (lungs, heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, digestive tract, soft tissues) of your pet. The vet will examine your pet's radiographs carefully for arthritis, tumors, cancer, organ composition, and other abnormalities.
Prevention Is Key
Is my pet considered a Senior?
There is no specific age at which a dog or cat becomes senior. Individual pets age at different rates- lifestyle, diet, exercise, and regular veterinary care are contributing factors in determining the (human) age of dogs and cats. Generally speaking, cats and small dogs are considered seniors at the age of 7. Larger breed dogs are considered senior when they are approximately 6 years of age.
Owners tend to want to think of their pet's age in human terms. While it is not as simple as "1 human year = X cat/dog years," there are calculations that can help put a pet's age in human terms. See Chart
Recommended Senior Wellness Testing
Physical Exam and Consultation
An essential part of an examination of your pet begins with a discussion about how your pet feels and behaves at home, or if they have developed any new habits or symptoms since you last visited. The vet will examine your pet's ears, eyes, teeth and mouth, skin, hair coat, lungs, heart, and joint mobility. The vet will also evaluate lumps, bumps and any masses that your pet may have, and test them to make certain they are not cancerous.
Preventive healthcare involves a multi-faceted approach that includes an evaluation of your pet's overall health and risks of disease or other health problems. A physical examination of your pet along with diagnostic testing will provide invaluable information about your pet's overall health and detect diseases or conditions in their early stages.
Based on the findings, we will provide you with recommendations for your pet's nutrition, dental care, vaccinations, heartworm prevention, flea & tick prevention, pain management, as well as recommendations specifically tailored to your pet's health status and risk factors.
Wellness Blood Testing
Examining the blood levels of your pet is one of the best diagnostic tests to indicate illness. The Wellness Blood Test includes a CBC (complete blood count), blood chemistry values (testing organ functions), heartworm test, and tick-borne infection screen. Thyroid, calcium or electrolyte levels may also be tested based on your veterinarians recommendations.
A urinalysis is a test which evaluates the physical and chemical composition of your pet's urine. The results of the exam may reveal abnormalities with the urinary system, kidney function and could detect the presence of diabetes. If an abnormality is noted, the vet may recommend further testing such as blood tests, ultrasound or x-ray of the bladder.
There are many ways we can help your senior pet live a healthy life!
From pain management and joint supplements, to diet and exercise recommendations, your vet will guide your family through your pet's golden years.
Thanks to better care, pets are living longer now than they ever have before – but as pets get older, they need extra care and attention.
Your vet can test the pressure of your pet's eye with a device called a Tonopen. If the test determines that the pressure in the eye is high, your pet may have glaucoma. Glaucoma can be painful and damage the optic nerve, leading to permanent vision loss.