Friends for Life!
Celebrate seniors! Those of us fortunate to have a senior pet should also recognize that older pets require a different level of care than their younger counterparts. With recent advances in disease detection and treatment options, your pet’s senior years can be a healthy and happy time.
It is estimated that your pet ages five to seven years for every one of ours, which suggests that health problems in your pet can progress at a faster rate. We recommend more frequent examinations for pet seven years of age or older. By working with your veterinarian, you can help prevent or treat many age-related conditions and enhance your pet’s quality of life.
College Hills Veterinary Hospital
Senior Care Program
At College Hills Veterinary Hospital we want to do what we can to make your pet’s senior years healthy and happy. Cats and dogs seven years or older are at increased risk for developing diseases of the kidney, liver, thyroid, pancreas and heart. Periodontal disease and arthritis are also common illnesses that diminish your senior pet’s quality of life. It is our goal through more frequent physical exams and annual screening tests to diagnose disease early and stop progression. Early detection is the first step towards curing or curtailing the disease and leading your pet down the healthy, happy road of their senior years.
Complete physical exam
Including prostate examination in intact males
Including mammary gland examination in intact females
Complete Blood Count and Chemistry panel
Rule out diseases of the kidney, liver, pancreas and blood cell abnormalities
Rule out diseases of the kidney and diabetes
Thyroid Hormone levels
Rule out Hypothyroid disease in dogs
Rule out Hyperthyroid in cats
Rule out hypertension (High blood pressure)
Checking the pressures in the eyes to rule out glaucoma
On your next visit we will ask you to answer a one-page questionnaire regarding the symptoms your pet may be displaying. This vital information provided by you will help us to assess your pet’s current health status.