Senior pet care

With the advancement of veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer than ever. With newer technology it is possible to detect diseases in our aging companions much sooner than previous years. Studies have shown approximately 22% of dogs past the age of seven have some type of undiagnosed disease. The key to longevity is to detect those unnoticed illnesses as soon as possible and to develop a treatment plan that will slow the progression. Through the latest advancements in drug therapy and nutrition, diseases which were unmanageable decades ago are now manageable. Here are some of the state-of-the-art diagnostic testing we will provide for your pet.

Biochemistry profiles: Blood and its components provide us with the best source of detecting infection or disease in internal organs. It allows us to diagnose diabetes, pancreatitis, kidney disease, anemia, bone marrow cancer, thyroid disease, adrenal disease and liver diseases such as hepatitis and gallbladder disease.

Urinalysis: Urine provides us with important information about the ability of the kidneys to concentrate urine as well as alert us to any potential bladder stone development or urinary tract infection. Sometimes a urinalysis can show us abnormal cells, which may indicate bladder tumors or prostate disease.

Blood pressure and electrocardiograms: The heart is affected by the aging process, which is why it becomes important to monitor it more closely as your pet ages. High blood pressure and cardiac disease is not limited to humans and, if left undiagnosed, can contribute to a quick decline in your pet‘s quality of life. Many of the same medications used for human heart conditions are used in our pets.

Digital radiographs: These two-dimensional images give us information on the location and size of internal organs, as well as any remodeling of bones, which may indicate osteoarthritis.

Echocardiograms and ultrasound: These are non-invasive diagnostic tools that provide a three-dimensional image to help find abdominal disease or cardiac disease. The high-frequency sound waves give us the ability to look internally at all the organs and to find even the smallest of disease processes, including cancer.

Your veterinarian will go through their recommendations for your own pet’s personal senior wellness testing so your pet can live the longest and healthiest life possible.