Senior Pet Care

Senior Pet Care-Importance of Routine Exams and Testing


Pets tend to age much quicker than humans, which unfortunately means health problems may progress more rapidly. An animal, particularly cats and dogs may not show signs of a serious disease until the disease and its symptoms have become quite advanced. Your pet will have a better prognosis if their illnesses are detected and treated early. The good news is, veterinary medicine has advanced significantly, so pets are living longer and healthier than they ever have before. However, their increased lifespan also comes with an increase in the types of medical conditions that may afflict pets. Many of these medical conditions and disease can be treated and enhance the quality of life, but it is critical that you visit your veterinarian in Bloomington for your pet to have routine exams.

Senior Pet Care-Importance of Routine Exams and Testing

Routine Senior Pet Exams

Your senior pet may need special and more frequent veterinary care or trips to the animal hospital in order for them to enjoy their golden years while staying mobile and lucid. As pets age, their immune system tends to decline, which makes them more susceptible to certain diseases, especially chronic disease, such as arthritis or cancer. For these reasons, senior pets should have more routine wellness exams. Healthy senior pets should typically see their veterinarian at least twice a year and senior pets with a chronic condition should visit more frequently.

Routine Testing for Senior Pets

As your pet ages, their veterinary recommended tests will typically change in order to ensure they are not experiencing undetected illnesses or having pain. Some of the most common tests your veterinarian will recommend for senior pets may include:

    • Urinalysis-This is used to help reveal the status of your pet’s overall health status. A urinalysis can help your veterinarian detect a range of diseases that are more common among senior pets, such as liver disease, diabetes, and urinary tract infections.
    • Blood work-As stressful as it may be to have blood work done on your pet, it is essential for providing insight to your pet’s total health. Blood work can help diagnose common age-related conditions, such as liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and anemia. The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner treatment can begin, which means your pet will be more comfortable.
    • X-rays-One of the most important veterinary tests for senior pets is x-rays. This will help the veterinarian identify and monitor certain diseases, such as cancer and arthritis.

It’s important to talk with your veterinarian at the animal hospital about the aging of an animal. Your vet will be able to provide you with information about symptoms to be aware of that indicate senior illnesses, such as arthritis as well as recommend things you can do at home to help your pet stay active and healthy as they age.

To schedule an exam for your senior pet, contact Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington. You can call us at 309-663-1414!

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