Senior Wellness Testing

September 26, 2019

Wellness testing really does make a difference for senior pets! With early diagnostic detection, we can prevent many diseases and manage existing disorders far more easily. A simple blood and urine test now can dramatically reduce your long-term veterinary cost and, most importantly, enable us to offer your beloved companion a longer, healthier life.

Our senior wellness exam screens for these common ailments of cats and dogs seven years of age or older:

  • Bladder and kidney stones Bladder and kidney stones are painful and can lead to life-threatening obstructions of your pet’s urinary tract. Kidney stones are usually caused by the increased leakage of crystallized minerals through the kidneys; bladder stones are often caused by urinary tract infections. Bladder stones will inevitably require surgical removal. Regular urine screening can identify the problem before stones have a chance to form. Once diagnosed, a specialized diet or a simple course of antibiotics will prevent the stones, their dangerous complications, and the need for surgery.
  • Chronic hepatitis This smoldering disease slowly and insidiously destroys your dog’s liver; most dogs show no symptoms until liver failure is imminent. Many of our most popular breeds–including the Labrador, Cocker Spaniel, and Doberman–are at risk. Early detection is possible with an inexpensive blood test and will allow us to treat the problem and save your dog’s liver.
  • Diabetes We are all familiar with this disease in people, but did you know your pet is also at risk? Diabetes is easily diagnosed and, when found early, can be managed with diet and insulin for many happy years. Without intervention, its effects can be devastating.
  • Hyperthyroid disease Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine disease in cats and, thankfully, it is also the easiest to manage. Left undetected, however, hyperthyroidism can lead to heart failure even in seemingly healthy cats. Often, the only symptom is weight loss–hyperthyroidism can even cause an increase in appetite and activity. With early detection and management, your cat will be a friend by your side for many years to come.
  • Kidney failure Kidney failure is one of the leading killers of older felines. At age twelve, twenty-five percent of cats will be affected. In its advanced stages, kidney failure requires involved and expensive therapy; even with the best of care, most cats live less than one year. Our senior wellness exam allows us to screen for kidney disease before the damage becomes this severe. Caught early, the disease can be managed with specialized diets, medication, and monitoring; patients often live another three to five years happily. Which future would you prefer for your cat?
  • Proteinuria Up to twenty percent of pets experience excessive loss of protein through their urine. Some of these pets have a primary kidney problem, others develop the disorder secondary to chronic skin and ear infections, bad teeth and gums, or gastrointestinal disease. Research shows us that pets with persistent, excessive proteinuria will likely progress to kidney failure. Thankfully, we can now offer a simple urine test, called an E.R.D, to detect excess protein. With a managed diet, nutritional supplements, or medication, we can halt the progress of kidney failure from this disorder and offer your pet many more happy years of life.
  • Urinary tract infections Urinary tract infections are present in thirty percent of senior female dogs, twenty-nine percent of dogs with skin disorders, and thirty percent of senior cats with dilute urine–the vast majority of these pets will show no symptoms! If it is allowed to continue unchecked, a urinary tract infection can cause life-threatening kidney infections and painful bladder stones requiring surgical removal. Once identified, a simple course of antibiotics can eliminate the infection and prevent these dangerous complications.

When you commit to regular screening and monitoring for your senior pet, these diseases can be more easily treated, managed, or prevented. Schedule a senior wellness exam today and invest in a better quality of life for your senior pet.

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