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Senior Pet Care Information

Advances in veterinary medicine allow pets to live even longer, healthier lives. Research has shown that preventive diagnostics coupled with proper nutrition and exercise are extremely important to the health of your pet.

When is a pet a "senior"?

Cats are considered "seniors" when they are over 9 years old. At this age, they are considered to be approximately equivalent to 52 human years. Dogs from 5 to 50 pounds in weight are considered to be seniors when they are over 9 years old as well. At this age, they are considered to be between 52 and 56 in "human years". Dogs over 50 pounds are considered to be seniors when they are over 6 years old. At 7, they are considered to be between 50 and 56 years old in "human years".

What is involved in a Senior Pet Exam?

During the Senior Pet Exam, we give your pet a complete exam with special attention to the major senior issues:

  • weight, appetite, elimination
  • behavior
  • skin and coat
  • mobility (pain management)

What tests should my senior pet have?

Early states of many diseases are only detectable by blood test. A wellness profile gives us valuable information about the function of your pet's liver, kidney and pancreas, as well as information regarding hydration, protein, possible tumors, and blood sugar levels. A CBC (complete blood count) tests for anemia, infection and clotting.