For Pets Age 7 and Over
The senior wellness profile is a series of tests to determine the overall health of our senior pets. The goal is to detect an illness or disease before the pet becomes symptomatically ill and be able to treat the illness sooner rather than later. By intervening sooner, the quality of life may be improved and extended.
Our Senior Wellness Profiles are available by appointment. You will receive lab results on the same visit. If you are a Wellness Plan Member, the Senior Wellness Profile may be included in your plan. Please ask any associate for more information.
When is my pet considered a senior pet?
Most dogs and all cats are considered of senior age starting at 7 years. However, large and giant breeds enter their senior years at 5 or 6 years of age.
Should senior pets be examined more frequently than once a year?
Yes, Senior pets should be examined every 6 months.
Do senior pets need any additional tests?
Senior pets should have a Senior Wellness Profile performed every 12 months.Why Is Annual Wellness Blood Work Important?
What exactly is included on the Senior Wellness Profile?
The Senior Wellness Profile includes the following: (These tests give a good overall picture of your Senior pet’s health)
- Comprehensive Physical Exam by a Veterinarian
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- 25 Chemistry Blood Test
- SDMA – The newest standard in assessing kidney function
- Electrolyte Blood Test
- Thyroid Test (T4)
- proBNP test to assess cardiac risk factors
If all tests are normal, it can provide us with baseline data for future healthcare needs, and can give you the most important thing: peace of mind.
Are there any signs or symptoms that a pet owner should watch for in their Senior pet?
What one may consider to be a normal aging change could actually be a symptom of an underlying disease. If you notice any of the following symptoms, we would like to see your pet for a Senior Wellness Visit.
- Difficulty climbing stairs
- Increased stiffness or limping
- Loss of house training
- Increased thirst or urination
- Excessive Panting
- Changes in activity level
- Circling or repetitive movement
- Persistent vocalization
- Decreased responsiveness to owners
- Tremors or seizures
- Skin and hair coat changes
- Decrease or changes in grooming habits
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Altered appetite
- Weight change
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Any other abnormal behavior