Did you know that our canine and feline friends age anywhere from 5 to 7 years for every one of our human years? Some people fail to realize that since pets age much faster than we do, they can be considered “senior citizens” when the age of 7 is reached.
As pets age certain changes are often apparent. Older pets commonly start to show signs of vision and hearing loss, behavioral problems, dental problems, arthritis, constipation and obesity. The nutritional needs of pets also change as they age. Other undesirable changes occur internally and may be unrecognizable to even the most observant pet owner. For example, diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, lungs and other internal organs can threaten the life of your older pet without you being aware of it.
Many of these problems are quite treatable, or at least controllable if detected early. To permit early detection of age related problems, we recommend a Senior Wellness Evaluation for your dog and/or cat 7-years-old or older. This health evaluation will be tailored to your pet’s particular needs.
Please feel free to call our office to discuss the benefits your pet will receive from this. A Senior Wellness Evaluation should be done every year for senior citizens of the pet world to insure a healthy and comfortable life. Yearly or even bi-yearly exams provide monitoring of any health isssues that may have been previously detected or may be detected in the future.
|Senior Wellness Evaluation Levels|
|Complete Physical Examination|
|Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Evaluation of red and white cells for anemia and infection
|Blood Biochemistry Panel (profile)
Checks function of liver, kidney, pancreas, thyroid and electrolyte levels: includes BUN
|Special Chem with CBC
Selected organ chemistries and CBC
|Urine Analysis (U.A)
Checks kidney function and checks for diabetes
|X-Rays (2 views)
A screening of internal organs
|Radiograph Chest & Abdomen (x-ray)
Evaluates organ sizes, checks for tumors (4 views)
Measures electrical activity of the heart
Review results and make recommendations
Download and fill out the Kansas City Veterinary Care Senior Wellness Questionnaire from our forms page