Cats and dogs are considered senior at 7 years of age. This number can vary depending on the breed of dog. Whether you have a cat or a dog, scheduling a senior wellness exam is imperative to your pet's overall health.
During a senior wellness exam, particular attention is paid to age-related conditions. Our veterinarians look for signs and symptoms such as: pain or discomfort in joints, periodontal disease, impaired cognitive functioning or vision just to name a few.
Our pet's can be masters of hiding pain and illness. Many serious diseases or conditions may not present until they are in the advanced stages. We recommend a general panel to check your pet's complete blood count, liver, kidney and thyroid functions; chest and abdomen x-rays, and a urinalysis every 6-12 months. This helps our veterinarians detect diabetes, arthritis, and even cancer.
Remember at Center West Animal Hospital, we will always work closely with you to determine the best plan of action to keep your pet healthy.