Special Care for Senior Pets
Dogs and cats over the age of 7 are seniors, and need special attention. They are at risk for the development of cancer, diabetes, and other disorders of the skin, thyroid, joints, kidneys and heart. Often, these conditions come on gradually, and owners may not detect the ongoing discomfort they may cause. If you own a dog or cat that is over seven years old, Westminster Veterinary Group recommends that you bring your pet in for examinations twice a year. As dogs and cats grow older, their eating habits, energy levels and overall physical condition often change. In order to ensure that your pet lives a long, enjoyable life, you should report any of these changes to us so that we can identify any possible problems.
For older pets, we feel that it is vital to take a proactive approach to their medical management. We want to be able to detect any of the disorders common in older pets early on in the disease process in order to provide a long, comfortable life. Additional medical testing allows us to do this. To keep your pet healthy for as long as possible, we offer the following special tests for senior pets:
- Senior blood panel
- Thyroid testing
- Screening for Diabetes and kidney or liver problems
- Radiographs (X-rays) of the chest and abdomen
- Chest, thorax and abdomen ultrasound
Westminster Veterinary Group is proud to offer the services of our Board Certified Radiologist for senior pets. Our skilled radiologist can conduct an ultrasound on your older pet’s chest, thorax and abdomen to check for any hidden abnormalities or diseases. We offer this special screening at an extremely affordable rate. Call us today to learn more about this effective, inexpensive service.
Because pets age much more quickly than people, it is very important to keep a close eye on your senior pet’s health. Twice a year screenings will help us to ensure your older pet remains a healthy and happy companion for you.
Please contact Westminster Veterinary Group to schedule a vaccination appointment for your pet.