Senior Pet Health
Dogs and cats are living longer and healthier lives thanks to more frequent veterinary visits and higher-quality pet foods. However, as pets live longer, the chances of them developing age-related diseases increases. Like elderly people, our animal companions can potentially develop arthritic changes, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, thyroid diseases, cancer, diabetes and more. As your pet ages, veterinary care becomes extremely important. Catching disease early can potentially prolong your pet’s life.
Senior Health Exams
When your pet ages, the most important step you can take in keeping them healthy is bringing them to the veterinarian at least every six months for a comprehensive exam. Senior care starts with this exam, which helps catch and delay disease and detects early problems like organ failure and arthritis. Client education and laboratory tests are also important parts of the exam.
Veterinary Wellness Center of Boerum Hill offers a comprehensive senior and adult pet health screening clinic package. This package is for healthy dogs and cats only and is not to be used as a health screening tool. It can only be used once in a pet’s lifetime, and if medical conditions exist, this package cannot be utilized and normal rates will be charged.
This package includes:
- Comprehensive Physical Examination
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Blood Chemistry Panel
- Thyroid Function Screening Blood Test
- Urinalysis (Please Bring a Fresh Sample)
- Fecal Analysis (Please Bring a Fresh Sample)
- Blood Pressure (BP)
X-rays are also included in the package. We take two lateral (pet on laying on side) views, one chest view, and one abdomen view. These X-rays are for general screening purposes only. We may suggest additional views depending on your pet’s medical history.
This package is by appointment only. Please call us for special pricing.
Laboratory testing helps understand the status of your pet’s health. Blood work can catch a problem before you ever notice something is wrong—normal blood work acts as a “baseline” for your pet’s health, while even minor changes in lab results may indicate an underlying disease.
These tests include:
- Complete Blood Count
- Blood-Chemistry Panel
- T4 Thyroid Function Test
- Parasite Evaluation
Nutrition and Muscle-Building Programs
As your pet ages, their nutrition and exercise requirements change. Our staff will help you formulate a proper diet of food, supplement and exercise along with proper anti-inflammatory therapy if necessary. Just as our joints may get achy and our muscles may get weaker as we get older, our pets do as well, the only difference is our pets will not tell us if they are uncomfortable.
If you have any questions about your senior pet or would like to schedule an exam, please call us at 347-763-8606.