Cats and dogs do not show outward signs of kidney problems until more than 2/3 of the kidney function is lost! Get Senior Wellness Exams for more timely detection and treatment.

The rationale for senior wellness screenings for dogs and cats is the same as the rationale for regular check-ups for older humans.  Early detection and treatment of common geriatric diseases can prevent permanent damage and organ failure.

Early detection can prolong the life and improve the well-being of your pet.  Many of the common geriatric problems in dogs and cats cause damage for a long time before they become evident to the owners.  Often times, only lab tests or professional examination can detect problems such as diabetes, kidney failure, and mammary cancer in a timely fashion.

For instance, kidney dysfunction, if left untreated, can result in permanent damage or kidney failure.  Unfortunately, dogs and cats do not display outward signs of kidney dysfunction until more than 2/3 of the total kidney function is lost!  Any health management that works to prevent the disease, delays the age of onset, or slows the progression of the disease will help the animal live longer and enjoy a better life.

The leading geriatric conditions for dogs and cats include diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation (cats only), prostate problems (dogs only), dental problems, thyroid dysfunction, cataracts, deafness, renal disease, urinary tract infections, hypertension, and tumors.  Vets recommend that senior wellness screenings begin at 7 to 8 years of age for cats and dogs and that screenings continue every six months.  This corresponds to late middle-ages in humans and to the ages when many problems start developing in pets.  Large breed dogs live shorter lives, so their annual screenings should begin at 5 to 7 years of age.  As a general guideline, cats and dogs will benefit most from senior wellness screening when they have reached the last 25% of their life expectancy.

Because cats and dogs age so much faster than humans, veterinarians recommend senior wellness screenings twice per year.  Healing Springs’ senior wellness screening involves more testing than the typical focused exam and lab testing.  The broader range of testing will help ensure that you know about developing problems before they become clinical conditions.  The physical will include orthopedic testing, central nervous system evaluation, vital signs, pain assessment, dental assessment, skin evaluation, organ palpation, cardiopulmonary evaluation, rectal palpation (in dogs) and more.  An optional urinalysis including sediment examination will help identify developing kidney problems or a pre-diabetic state.  Blood testing will evaluate 13 different measures in dogs and 14 measures in cats.  If you have a senior cat or dog, call to schedule your senior wellness screening today: (276) 236-5103.

Early detection can prolong the life and improve the well-being of your pet.  Many of the common geriatric problems in dogs and cats cause damage for a long time before they become evident to the owners.  Often times, only lab tests or professional examination can detect problems such as diabetes, kidney failure, and mammary cancer in a timely fashion. 

 

For instance, kidney dysfunction, if left untreated, can result in permanent damage or kidney failure.  Unfortunately, dogs and cats do not display outward signs of kidney dysfunction until more than 2/3 of the total kidney function is lost!  Any health management that works to prevent the disease, delays the age of onset, or slows the progression of the disease will help the animal live longer and enjoy a better life.

 

The leading geriatric conditions for dogs and cats include diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation (cats only), prostate problems (dogs only), dental problems, thyroid dysfunction, cataracts, deafness, renal disease, urinary tract infections, hypertension, and tumors.  Vets recommend that senior wellness screenings begin at 7 to 8 years of age for cats and dogs and that screenings continue every six months.  This corresponds to late middle-ages in humans and to the ages when many problems start developing in pets.  Large breed dogs live shorter lives, so their annual screenings should begin at 5 to 7 years of age.  As a general guideline, cats and dogs will benefit most from senior wellness screening when they have reached the last 25% of their life expectancy.

 

Because cats and dogs age so much faster than humans, veterinarians recommend senior wellness screenings twice per year.  Healing Springs’ senior wellness screening involves more testing than the typical focused exam and lab testing.  The broader range of testing will help ensure that you know about developing problems before they become clinical conditions.  The physical will include orthopedic testing, central nervous system evaluation, vital signs, pain assessment, dental assessment, skin evaluation, organ palpation, cardiopulmonary evaluation, rectal palpation (in dogs) and more.  An optional urinalysis including sediment examination will help identify developing kidney problems or a pre-diabetic state.  Blood testing will evaluate 13 different measures in dogs and 14 measures in cats.  If you have a senior cat or dog, call to schedule your senior wellness screening today: (276) 236-5103.

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