It is important for your senior pet to see their veterinarian on a regular basis. Most dogs and cats are on an annual examination schedule, but some older pets may need to come in more frequently.
Your veterinarian may recommend bloodwork such as a senior wellness profile to monitor your geriatric pet’s organ function as they age. This bloodwork looks at your dog or cat’s complete blood count including their red blood cell count, as well as their white blood cell counts. These values may be high or low if disease processes are present.
The chemistry portion of the bloodwork includes their blood glucose level (most commonly associated with diabetes), their kidney values, liver values, and electrolytes. As pets age, these values may stray from normal due to disease.
Running wellness profiles on a regular basis, even when nothing appears wrong, can identify underlying issues. Many pets are very good at hiding their illnesses and some diseases become severe before your pet will start showing symptoms. By running regular bloodwork, we are able to identify disease earlier and treat your pet earlier, which can allow us to treat your pet sooner, ideally keeping them symptom-free for longer.
Talk to your veterinarian about preventive measures you can take to make sure your senior pet stays healthy!
Weekends, Holidays and After-hours we are available 24 hours daily 365 days a year at our location for local service by your veterinary team. Please call our office in case of emergency.
Please note - Weekend, Holiday and After-hour service is offered only to current clientele who have not transferred their files to another facility and whose animals are a patient of our practice that has been examined by one of our doctors in the past 24 months.
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