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. 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 intervene sooner. By intervening sooner, the quality and quantity of life may be improved and extended.

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)

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • 15 Chemistry Blood Test
  • Electrolyte Blood Test
  • Microscopic Fecal Analysis
  • Thyroid Test (T4)
  • Urinalysis
  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Blood Pressure Check for Cats

Are there any signs or symptoms that a pet owner should watch for in their senior pet?

What seems to be a normal aging change could be a symptom of an underlying disease. If you notice any of the following symptoms, your pet should be examined and have at least a Senior Wellness Profile performed:

  • 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
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Altered appetite
  • Weight change
  • Loss of vision or hearing