Senior Care

Senior Care

Our beloved senior pets should ideally be evaluated on a more frequent basis and be monitored closely for developing age-related conditions such as arthritis and mobility problems. There are so many ways to help our senior pets have an amazing quality of life for many more years than was possible just a few decades ago!

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At least every 6 months, a senior pet should receive:

  • A comprehensive physical examination including:

  • Weight check/Body Condition Score

  • Lungs and heart check

  • Ears, eyes, nose, skin, and teeth check

  • Abdominal palpation

  • Musculoskeletal system check with gait analysis

  • Discuss flea, tick control, vaccines, and heartworm preventative

  • Senior lab work which may include a Complete Blood Count, Chemistry Panel, Urinalysis and Thyroid Panel

  • Heartworm test and Fecal Centrifugation (every 12 months)

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When to get additional exams?

Reasons you might want additional senior pet exams:

  • Weight and mobility changes

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Kidney, Heart, and Liver Disease

  • Tumors

  • Hormone disorders, such as Diabetes, Thyroid, and/or Cushing’s Disease

  • Organ failures

  • Cancer

  • Trauma

Though the situation may seem scary but stay calm. If your pet has any of the above conditions, call to schedule an appointment today.

How do I schedule an appointment?

 

Scheduling an appointment is easy, you can use our request an appointment online page, visit us in person, or call us at 618-624-6001.

 

Our team is ready to help answer any questions.

 

Contact us today if you have any questions about your senior friend!